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Xavi talks Araujo, Rashford, ten Hag, de Jong, UCL ahead of Barcelona vs Man United

Before receiving Manchester United tomorrow in the return of the Europa League, Barcelona’s coach appeared in the press room. This is how Xavi Hernández has assessed the news of the Barça team this afternoon, addressing different issues.

These have been his words:

Manchester United: “Tomorrow is a great match. It’s a spectacular tie. Both teams arrived at the best moment of the season. Ten Hag has changed the face of the team. It’s been hard, but they’re doing a great job. They have a lot of things and they can complicate us. I expect a game with a lot of intensity and rhythm. It’s Europe and we want to show that we can compete against a top-level European rival”.

Tournament: “In the end we are in the Europa League. They are in an extraordinary moment of form, results, they have been growing. Now it is a very strong Manchester United and it was time to see it like this. You cannot say that it is from the Champions League, because we are in the Europa League, but it is a very high level”.

Pressure: “You also asked me about it in the Super Cup and you will do it again in the Cup… every week seems like groundhog day. This is Barcelona. We take it with enthusiasm, motivation, with enthusiasm and the euphoria of the environment. We with caution. We don’t feel extra pressure, the normal one of being and being at Barça”.

Marcus Rashford: “We are not looking at just one player. We have analyzed what they do in attack and defence. They have a very fast defense-attack transition and we need people who can correct that.”

Opponent: “All the players are having a good time, positive results. It will be a difficult match. We are in the Europa League. It will be hard to beat them.”

If they [Barça] are favourites: “Except for a surprise, the tie will be decided at Old Trafford. I visualize even matches, tight score. Little will be decided tomorrow. The pity is that the return is not at home, but it is what we have earned. I do not think that neither are we favourites, nor are Manchester. The Europa League is a very tough and difficult competition to win”.

Differences with the Champions League: “I might as well have changed things at the tactical or player level… you never know. You don’t have to think anymore. You have to focus on winning this competition. Barça is an exam every day. There is great pressure.”

Game marked: “The day of Cádiz will also be marked, because there are three points. This is important, also at Old Trafford. If we pass, the round of 16… I have been informed that the stadium will be almost full. People will see a great tie and we have to be at the level that Europe deserves”.

Game model: “I don’t have to convince anyone, just my players, the club and the fans. It was a change in the game model and we are growing a lot. The fans fill the field, the players give their all and the club He tells me that he is happy. I have absolute peace of mind”.

Source: Barcauniversal, BarçaTV+

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