Xavi: “Tomorrow there may be a surprise, we have to be prepared”

BARCELONA, Jan. 3 (.) –

The coach of FC Barcelona, ​​Xavi Hernández, assured before facing CF Intercity in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey that they will have to play “with all six senses” to avoid a defeat that would be a surprise that could occur, as he recalled some early cup eliminations as a player.

“It’s good to play a single game in the field of the weakest rival, of a lesser category. Surprises are part of football, tomorrow it can happen and we have to be prepared. Because everyone competes and works very well,” he said at the wheel. press.

Xavi acknowledged that the team, despite passing the round, lately has had a “cost” debut in the Cup. “As a player I remember eliminations against Figueres and Gramenet. They are very difficult games to play, they give you as the winner and top favorite and you have little to win and a lot to lose. We have to put all six senses to pass”, he warned his players.

Although, “obviously”, it is seen as “top favourite”. “Intercity is from the 1st RFEF, but we have reports from Barça B that they are a physically strong rival. They push up. And against Mirandés they didn’t push and they made a line of 5 behind. It’s a big field, it’s a game to show that we are superiors and to pass,” he said.

In addition, he reiterated that the club gives “value” to the Cup. “For us the objective is to win titles, perhaps LaLiga is the most important. The Cup makes us very excited, it is a special competition. We want to win this title, which for us is It’s also very important,” he said.

“The idea is to make rotations, it’s clear. Players who have less match rhythm are going to play, also players who need minutes after injury like Ronald Araújo or Eric Garcia. But we will make rotations. I haven’t even imagined not going through”, he commented on the eleven that you can choose, always with the intention of passing the round.

On the other hand, he acknowledged that they are waiting to find out if the goalkeeper of the subsidiary Iñaki Peña, in first-team dynamics, can play or not. At the moment, being over 23 years old and having a subsidiary file, he could not.

“We have presented the documents, yesterday the 2nd, to make the change of players from Barça B to the first team. We are waiting for the resolution of the RFEF. At the moment he is on the list, we believe that we have done everything so that he can play tomorrow”, commented, positive.

He also confirmed that the midfielder Pablo Torre will have minutes and that Ronald Araújo will start. “Ronald is fine and he will start tomorrow. I’m sure he helps us, because of his ability and his leadership, because of his soul and because he’s a warrior and aggressive. I’m happy he’s back,” he celebrated. the.

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