Xavi prepares rotations against Cádiz before the Champions League match against Bayern Munich
Barcelona seeks this Saturday at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium to continue with the euphoria that surrounds it. Xavi’s men, who are experiencing the best moment in recent months, visit Cádiz in low hours with the aim of achieving a new victory that will allow them to sleep as sole leaders before the Champions League match against Bayern Munich and waiting of what Real Madrid does this Sunday against Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabéu.
“We have to park the Champions League, we are focused and concentrated on Cádiz. They are a difficult, rocky, defensive rival who has complicated our last four games with two draws and two losses. It’s a good day for a football revenge» assured Xavi in the press conference prior to a trap match, framed between two commitments of the maximum continental competition and facing a team that arrives with many urgencies after having lost the first four games against Real Sociedad, Osasuna, Athletic Club and Celta de Vigo.
Those bad results are precisely what make Xavi see the match as a dangerous encounter. “They will come out with more aggressiveness and intensity because it is an opportunity to win and get out of the pothole,” assured the man from Tarrasa. His words go straight to a dressing room that knows that it cannot be trusted and that it is forbidden to slow down if he wants to continue the persecution that he has been leading Real Madrid since the first matchday. To counteract this impetus from Cádiz, the Tarrasa coach is preparing news regarding the team that beat Viktoria Pilsen 5-1, despite having almost the entire squad at his disposal, including the recently joined Héctor Bellerín and Marcos Alonso.
Both could debut in a match in which Sergi Roberto, who ended the Champions League match with discomfort, is absent and, in addition, Pedri or a player from the trident could have rest to arrive in full condition for the match at the Allianz Arena. The one who will be there for sure is the goal man for the Catalans. Robert Lewandowski has already scored eight goals in his first five games as a Barça player and is “a very important player for the team in any game”, as Xavi acknowledged when asked about the possibility of reserving the Polish striker this weekend.
It will be a complicated match for the Catalans and it will be because of the tremendous emergencies that Cádiz is going through, and not because of their form. The team led by Sergio González has started the season in the worst possible way, with four defeats, ten goals conceded and not a single goal scored. These figures weigh on a team that will go to Nuevo Mirandilla with the idea of adding its first three points against a very tough rival. “We go to the match to win it. We know who is ahead, but if they have taught me something at Cádiz, it is to play against Barça, ”said the local coach.
Sergio is right. Cádiz has become in recent years a real nightmare for Barcelona. Add four games in a row without losing to the Catalans, including two visits to the Camp Nou that ended with 1-1 and 0-1 respectively. To those two games is added the 2-1 that they endorsed in the then Ramón de Carranza with Koeman on the bench and a goalless draw, also with the Dutchman, in which the Cadiz team collected up to 13 shots on goal. All these antecedents will be at the head of a group that wants to leave their particular crisis behind and wants to do it in the best scenario, in front of the fashionable team.
Ledesma, Zaldúa, Chust, Luis Hernández, Pacha Espino, Fali, Antonio Blanco, Ocampo, Alejo, Lozano and Negredo.
Ter Stegen, Bellerín, Koundé, Eric García, Balde, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi, Kessié, Raphinha, Ferran Torres and Lewandowski.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.