The Barça coach said that the important thing is that “the injured recover well” and sees his team ready to go for the points against “a great rival like Athletic.”
Xavi Hernandez, coach of FC Barcelona, spoke to DAZN answering questions from two old acquaintances such as David Villa and Juan Carlos Unzué, a few minutes before the match against Athletic at Montjuïc. The Barça coach admitted that the injuries are “sensitive” but at the same time warned that this does not exempt them from going for the victory. “They are sensitive, important casualties, but there are no excuses, those who are here are prepared,” he said.
The Barça coach did not clarify which line could be most affected by the absences. “It’s hard to say which line is more worrisome, because I repeat, those who are there are prepared. I think we can compete well and win the 3 points,” he said. As for the priority, Xavi made it very clear: “The most important thing is that they recover and recover well,” he stressed.
As for the ideal game plan, Xavi made it very clear. “What we’re always looking for is superiority in the middle, whether it’s a 3-4-3 or whatever,” he said. “From the point of view we want to dominate to compete in the game and it’s not going to be easy because Athletic are going to press high and they’re going to make it difficult for us,” he concluded.