The big news to prepare for the Cup semi-final is the return of Xavi, who will start against Valencia.
After the game against Villarreal, who returned to full play, Xavi needed a break. He was not injured, but the body asked for a stopover in Ecuador again demanding a season with Barça alive in three competitions and no room for breath.
Xavi needed a few days pass without competing for no more squeezing his muscles, especially his soleus and Achilles tendons, especially punished.
Like Leo Messi, Xavi is one of those players able to string matches with Barça and the selection without rest, but in this case, the midfielder felt he needed a break.
Guardiola summed it up before facing Real Sociedad. "I am the first to think that Xavi takes it all, but one day falls. It takes four years without a break, and one day the body says to stop, "said the coach. There was no injury or cause for concern, just a break that has lasted for two games.
The coach needs the best version of Xavi for the clash against Valencia and so I booked in the previous two games, knowing that the Cup semi-final is by far, the biggest game of the year for the team.
Against Valencia, Barca recovered not only his compass, but the pause point matches required to meet as risky as the semi-final, which could end up turned into an exchange of blows. (via SPORT)