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“It seems crazy to me that Mallorca’s match is not suspended”,-Xavi

by Kolkata Today

The coach appeals “to common sense” and asks not to play Mallorca-Barça because of the 14 casualties accumulated by his team, nine due to COVID

FC Barcelona has 14 casualties, eight due to covid after the recovery of Umtiti and Lenglet (who tested negative at the last minute entered the call), for seven of Mallorca, without knowing how many because of the pandemic, before this Sunday they are measured in Son Moix (21.00, Movistar LaLiga). The match, however, is maintained because both teams have at least 13 players to play, and five have a first team profile, as established by LaLiga regulations.

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Xavi Hernández, the coach of Barça, finds it “crazy that the match is not cancelled.” “We are in a borderline situation and Mallorca is living in a similar situation,” he argued this Saturday, while Luis García Plaza, the coach of Mallorca, said: “We are the team with the most casualties and now because Barça is much is talked about; it seems that the Barça are the only ones with problems.”

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Alves, Alba, Gavi, Dembélé, Balde,Coutinho, Dest and Abde tested positive for COVID. Nor can Busquets play, penalised. And Sergi Roberto, Braithwaite, Ansu Fati, Memphis and Pedri are injured. Xavi will hardly line up Demir because if he plays one more match he would become part of the squad and could not be returned to Rapid Vienna as Barça’s intention. And Ferran Torres, as well as Alves, can only be registered from January 3. Xavi has, in addition to the recovered Umtiti and Lenglet, Neto, Ter Stegen, Araujo, Piqué, Eric García, Mingueza, Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig, Luuk de Jong, Nico and Jutglà. Waiting for if he can recover any injured, the Barcelona coach completed the list of summoned with the players of the subsidiary: Guillem Jaime, Comas, Mármol, Sanz, De Vega, Iñaki Peña, Pedrola and Ilías.

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The technician was hopeful with the contributions from January from Ferran Torres y Alves. “Ferran is a spectacular signing for his predisposition, commitment and ambition. It will give us a lot. He has already arrived prepared because he has been with Luis Enrique and Guardiola. He can play in the three attack positions,” argued the coach, still expectant with the possible renewal of Dembélé: “I am optimistic. I hope he stays. We need him because he is one of the best in his position. He is facing an opportunity that he cannot miss. Let’s wait. I can’t assess the economic issue, but sportingly no other club will be happier than in Barça. I am hopeful,” Xavi added.

By Fernando Perez (Spanish Football Analyst)



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