Xavi talks Man UTD, Cristiano, Dembele ahead of Barca vs Osasuna

Xavi spoke about facing Man UTD in the Uefa Europa League, Cristiano’s decline, Osasuna’s challenge, Dembele’s inconsistency, Araujo’s participation in WC, and the departure of Gerard Pique in his pre-match press conference.

Xavi’s press conference ahead of Barca vs Osasuna

Xavi on facing Man UTD in Europa League:

“Once again we face the toughest opponent in the draw and we have to compete well. Manchester United is a great team and have improved a lot with Ten Hag in charge. They have a lot of individual talent & potential. Our players will be motivated to perform against Manchester United.”

Xavi on facing Osasuna:

“Tomorrow we face a team that plays very hard and they’re an opponent that plays very well, they have won several points at home, we know it will be a difficult match and we want to get 3 points.”

“Tomorrow, we will try to give everything we have. It is an important match and we know it will be a difficult match because Osasuna is a strong and physical team.”

Xavi on Araujo’s participation in the WC:

“We are in contact with all the federations, we will make a joint decision on the matter regarding Araujo, and the most important thing is that the player recovers well.”

Xavi on Pique’s availability against Osasuna:

“Piqué will be available for tomorrow’s game, we will see.”

Xavi on Cristiano Ronaldo:

“Cristiano is a great player, he has been one of the best players and he can definitely make the difference for Man UTD.”

Xavi on Kounde and Memphis:

“Kounde and Memphis suffer from discomfort, but there is NO danger to their World Cup.”

Xavi on facing Mourinho or Man UTD:

“What I care about is winning no matter who the opponent is. I’m a winner and I hate losing. I like to win with the club that I love so much.”

Xavi on Raphinha:

“Raphinha has complete confidence, there have been times when things are not the way we want them to be but we have to persist, we believe in him a lot.”

Xavi on Dembele:

“Dembele makes the difference in many games, his numbers have improved significantly since we have been here but he lacks consistency, he must improve it because we know that with a talent like his he can be the BEST in the world in his position.”

Xavi on the impact of Pique’s departure:

“Everyone has a leadership role in the team. We will miss Pique, but I don’t see any issues. Whenever a leader leaves, roles are reorganized within the team.”

That concluded Xavi’s pre-match press conference.

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