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Xavi anticipates the return of Araujo and continues to make an effort in the Lewandowski case

Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandezadvanced that the defense Ronald Araujo “will be owner” this Wednesday in the Barcelona team’s cup debut against Intercity.

“He is one hundred percent and he is going to help us with his leadership and aggressiveness”, Xavi confirmed about the Uruguayan international, who after being away from the pitch for more than three months due to a right adductor injury, will reappear tomorrow in Rico Pérez from Alicante.

He will also “have important minutes” against Intercity, the young midfielder Paul Tower. “He is a first-team footballer, although he already knows that, when he does not participate, he will be able to go down to the subsidiary,” said the coach of the Barça team.

And in goal, Xavi trusts that Iñaki Peña can playonce the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has informed Barça that he could not do so as he is a footballer over 23 years of age with a subsidiary file.

“We have already presented the documents for him to become a first-team player and we are waiting for the Federation’s resolution. He is on the squad list, because we believe he will be able to play,” he commented on Peña.

Who is not traveling with the team are the midfielder ‘Pedri’ González and the striker Robert Lewandowskito which the technician has given rest.

Xaviser referred specifically to the situation of the Polish goalscorer: “He stays out because he carries a lot of weight and because We trust that he can continue with the precautionary measure and play against Atlético de Madrid. I told him to be calm. Uncertainty is not good. It is not an easy situation for us or for our rivals and I hope that everything will be resolved soon.”

In this sense, he did not want to assess Espanyol’s decision to challenge the derby due to improper alignment of Lewandowski.

We have done what a judge told us. We have done what we had to. If Espanyol believes that he should challenge, it’s up to him”, he limited himself to commenting.

Once back in the Cup, Xavi confirmed that “the idea is to rotate and have footballers who are returning from injuries like Ronald (Araujo) or Eric (García) play. But that does not mean, warned the Barça coach, that they consider the Intercity, from the First Federation, a minor rival.

He is a difficult opponent, very strong, who pushes up with Siverio“, pointed out the Catalan coach, who recalled the Barça past of eight of his footballers, “who have passed through the house and that makes it more complicated, because they will want to show things and they will be very motivated”.

“This match has always cost us a lot. As a player I remember high-profile eliminations. It’s difficult to play it because we are favourites, but you have little to gain and a lot to lose,” said Xavi who, in any case, believes that this Cup format encourages there to be “surprises” and is “good for the viewer”.

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