The Spanish coach will undergo a test in the King’s Cup against Linares Deportivo – the second division team.
Xavi spoke at the pre-match press conference, talking about Ousmane Dembele’s position at the club, Philippe Coutinho’s exit, Ansu Fati’s fitness, and more.
On the match: “It is a difficult and complicated match. Linares plays at home with his fans. They are a smaller team, but they will have extra motivation.”
On Ousmane Dembele: “I am quietly waiting for news about Dembele. I can’t do more on my part. He has to make an effort and think about his future, which I think is in Barcelona. This is his best sporting project. He will not be happy anywhere like Barcelona. Let’s see.” what he decides.
On the current situation of the club: “I am with Laporta, I am very optimistic. I like that he is positive and ambitious. We are working very well and close to the goal of entering the Champions League. We are working hard to return Barcelona to where it deserves.”
“We are in fifth place and we will come back little by little. Ferran Torres’ signature gets the fans excited.
We have to follow the president, it’s a positive message to say we’re back, it’s the mentality, we have to be positive.”
About Dani Alves: “I see him well, he is amazing in training, with a lot of enthusiasm and professionalism. He will help us a lot in his arrival on the winger. He is 38 years old, but training will help us in many matches.”
On Marc ter Stegen: “I told him I can save the ball too (laughs), he restores confidence, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he can fail, it is a matter of confidence, I have no doubts that he will be at his best.”
About Riqui Puig: “I am very happy with Riqui Puig. He played a very good match in Mallorca, there is a lot of competition. He already knows what I ask of him and he will have minutes, and I have great confidence in him.”
On Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati: “Ansu and Memphis will not be with us tomorrow, but they are very close to returning. If their return is not in Granada, it will be in the next match.”
Source: Barca TV +