In the previous match against Granada for the Santander League, Xavi Hernandez gave a press conference where he analyzed the announcement of the departure of Phillipe Coutinho to Aston Villa and the recovery of some of his players for the next games of the season. Regarding the Brazilian, the DT stressed that he made a good decision for his career and that it meant a financial relief for the club.
“Coutinho’s departure is positive for him. Says a lot that you decided to go out and get minutes. Now we have a file, but we need a salary limit ”, he acknowledged to the media.
Likewise, the Spanish strategist stated that he is on the lookout for the recovery of several of his players. He stressed that Memphis Depay could enter the next call and that Ansu Fati he is in the final stretch of his rehabilitation.
“The recovery of Ansu Fati is spectacular news for us, he is a player who is capable of making a difference but it has to be 100% and we don’t want to take any risk. It is with good feelings, but we prefer reserve it for the Super Cup”, He commented.
Regarding the Copa del Rey, Xavi pointed out that Athletic Club is a high-level rival and that it will be difficult to overcome them. “We have not had luck because he is a difficult opponent, with one of the best coaches in LaLiga, and we play away from home again,” he analyzed.
The Blaugrana team will visit Granada this Saturday, January 8, at the Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium on the 20th date of the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. The match is scheduled for 12.30 pm and will be broadcast by DirecTV Sports.