“We are frustrated and sad, and Ansu very affected”




Barcelona visit tomorrow Vitoria after two important defeats, the first against Real Madrid in the semifinal of the Super Cup and the second against Athletic in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. Two games, especially this last one, which has had important consequences such as the dismissal of Ousmane Dembélé, punished without traveling to Bilbao due to his lack of definition at the time of renewing, and the injury of Ansu Fati, which could go through the operating room and be about four more months off. Xavi has offered the usual press conference prior to the League match and has clarified all doubts about the burning issues surrounding the Catalan club.

“Ansu is very affected.

It is normal. There will be another meeting on Monday. Today we have met with the family. Doctor Pruna told us that he was ready for half an hour but the extension unsettled us We have to be positive and think that now that we will make an exclusive and very strong recovery so that he is never injured again”, explained the coach, who insisted on the footballer’s psychological state: “I am not a doctor but the most important thing is take it back mentally and forget about injuries, with a specific plan. We have lost an impressive footballer capable of making a difference and it affects us all. Xavi revealed that “on Monday it will be decided what to do.” “Now we have the best professionals within the club and we have to take advantage of it. We are here to help you,” he added, while lamenting the loss: “It’s a shame, we are frustrated and sad. We have tried to take good care of him and he has injured us again. We are suffering setbacks very important. Every week there is one and this one is very important because he is a differential player, with a goal. It’s a shame but we have to continue.”

Xavi also confirmed that he will not provide the summoned list until tomorrow and that will be the moment in which it will be known if Dembele does he travel to Vitoria or not, although he wanted to make it clear that everything remains the same, so everything indicates that he will not enter the list: «Ousmane’s situation has not changed. He knows the situation he has and must decide. The Frenchman trains normally with the group but Xavi does not contemplate the possibility that he will continue beyond January 31 if he does not renew: «He is fine, calm down, he is training well. He is one of the team. He knows his situation and there is no more debate. Everything it’s up to him now”

The coach confirmed that Dembélé’s situation and Ansu Fati’s loss force the team to strengthen their offensive line. “We are working on it, in several areas. We have talked a lot and I have been very clear about what the team needs reinforce and we are working to incorporate people but from what we want to what we can there is a bit… We will see what can be done. There are days left, we have the salary limit but we are working to incorporate some signing», he explained before defending the veterans, on whom more criticism has been poured for the season that is taking place: «I understand the review. It happened to me as a player and the shots went to the sacred cows. They have to know where they are and pull the cart but their commitment is spectacular and unquestionable. It all depends on the performance. We haven’t had many alternatives. Until recently the team was made alone. Everything will be based on performance.”

The coach hopes that Barcelona will start adding victories immediately to reach the goal, which is none other than the fourth place league that gives access to the Champions League dispute. “What worries me most are the results. When there is a change of coach, a process and more time is needed than we all thought. we have to have all patience and insist on the idea that made Barça great and that we are trying to recover. We urgently need a positive result tomorrow. We believe a lot in this game model and we are going to throw it out there, but you have to be patient, “reiterated the coach. Xavi also analyzed tomorrow’s rival: «The Alaves It is quite similar to Athletic, with a good ball output and crosses to the area, with lateral balls… We will find ourselves in a quite similar game and we will try to learn from the mistakes of San Mames. We urgently need a victory to regain confidence and achieve the goal, which is to enter the Champions zone”

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