FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández emphasized to Europa Press yesterday that Ansu Fati could be in today’s starting 11 against Elche. “It helps a lot, he’ll get in. The intensity and rhythm should be increased, but little by little. Being in the starting eleven motivates me, but there is competition and we decide that with intensity and rhythm,” he said.

Coming from Terrassa, he realized the difficulty of facing the Elche team. “We are expecting a competitor who has already complicated things for us last year. They have emergencies, but they are one of the most physical teams in the category.. We do not know the system they will use, they are versatile. Three important points, we want to regain the same feelings after losing in Munich, but with a win.”

“We have to beat Elche and then we will see other results. It won’t be easy to win, everyone takes it lightly, and it cost us dearly last year.», settled.

About Barça player Álex Collado, who plays for Elche on loan, Xavi was pleased with his good start with the Elcheans. “He’s a player we take into account so he can make a splash again this year and come back to Barcelona. He has a lot of shooting ability. He’s made a mentality change since we’ve been here,” he said.