Xavi Reacts To Barcelona Forward’s Angry Substitution

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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was not anxious after seeing Brazilian ahead Raphinha react angrily to being substituted in Sunday’s 1-0 La Liga win over Getafe on the Camp Nou.

The big-money summer time signing was within the beginning XI for the match and arrange Pedri for the one purpose of the sport on 35 minutes. However, Xavi opted to switch Raphinha within the second half and the Brazilian clearly wasn’t impressed with the choice.

Xavi spoke concerning the ahead after the match and provided his backing to the attacker, making it clear he has no issues with the participant being disenchanted at being taken off, as reported by L’Esportiu.

“Raphinha assisted the purpose. He is being vital to the workforce. Maybe he has to attenuate the [ball] losses,” he mentioned. “It’s regular to be upset about change. He works very onerous day by day to make issues work for him.”

The summer time signing has admitted he discovered it troublesome to adapt to life at Barcelona however is exhibiting indicators of enchancment. Raphinha has 4 assists and a purpose in his final 9 outings for the Catalans in all competitions.

Raphinha’s struggles imply he has additionally been linked with a transfer away from Barcelona within the January switch window, however the Brazilian has hinted that he has no intention of leaving Camp Nou.

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Xavi Explains Double Substitution

Xavi additionally spoke about his choice to make two modifications at half-time. The coach despatched Jordi Alba and Eric Garcia in protection as a substitute of Alejandro Balde and Andreas Christensen and noticed his workforce maintain one other clear sheet.

The supervisor revealed why he had made the double swap: “Balde’s change was a tactical choice. Andreas has minor discomfort in his hamstring, however in precept everybody can be obtainable towards Real.”

Xavi can be hoping Christensen doesn’t have a major problem because the summer time signing has been a success at Barcelona since transferring on a free switch from Premier League aspect Chelsea.

The Barcelona boss has been fast to reward Christensen this season and has additionally made him his first-choice center-back alongside Ronald Araujo. The Catalans boast the very best backline in La Liga and have conceded simply six targets in 17 matches.

Copa del Rey Next For Barcelona

Barca will want their defenders to be at their greatest as they face a difficult take a look at subsequent outing towards an in-form Real Sociedad within the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

La Real head to the Camp Nou on Wednesday, January 25 on a run of 9 consecutive wins, though Barca can be conscious that they beat the Basque aspect 4-1 away from house earlier within the season.

Raphinha can be hoping for an additional begin however Xavi has choices to make in assault. Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres, who’re each presently serving league suspensions, are each obtainable and will return to the beginning XI.

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