Barça returns to the Camp Nou this Sunday against Getafe (6:30 p.m., Movistar) after the game from Memphis to Atlético de Madrid. “He asked to go out. He had the proposal from Atlético. He was not comfortable and I understood it ”, commented Xavi Hernández. “If we can strengthen ourselves, fine, and if not, it is not transcendent. We depend on fair-play”, added the coach. In said purchase, the possible transfer of the mattress player Carrasco entered: “We will see if we make the purchase.” Without the Dutchman, Barcelona loses another striker in the offensive back. Even so, the man from Terrassa is not worried about losing an attacking player. “I am happy with the squad. If no one comes, we will pull the subsidiary or the youth team, ”he said.
Barcelona plays against Getafe, a team that knows how to work defensively to perfection. “Quique works the defensive line very well, with a line of five. It is a very physical team, with direct football and very good references at the top. It is a team that defends very well and it is going to cost us”, commented the coach.
For the game against Getafe, the Catalans do not have Lewandowski and Ferrán Torres, who were suspended against Osasuna and Atlético, respectively. In the Spanish Super Cup, Xavi opted for the four midfielders with Gavi at the end and it worked out well. “You have to open the field and attack on the wings. It’s good to have alternatives, so the opponent doesn’t know how we will attack”, explained the coach. Beating Madrid in that competition served Barça to motivate themselves even more. “We are in one of the best moments of the season. The victory against Madrid means a lot to us, it makes us believe it more. Now we have to maintain the level”, commented Xavi.
Barcelona will play the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. “We asked to play at home, in front of our fans. Playing at the Camp Nou is a guarantee that, being well, it’s hard for them to miss out on a tie. The players come up”, said Xavi. “We have had the fittest rival in Spanish football,” he added.
Yesterday the former Barcelona player, Dani Alves, was admitted to prison without bail for alleged sexual assault on a young woman in Barcelona. “I am surprised and shocked. I’m in shock. It is a matter of justice and whatever will be dictated. I feel very bad for him”, concluded Xavi Hernández, former teammate and former coach of the Brazilian.
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