Xavi praises Raphinha ahead of PSG second leg: “He’s a very talented player”

FC Barcelona hosts the French team tomorrow after winning 3-2 in the first leg with a brace from the Brazilian
Josué Seixas
2024-04-15 16:57:20

FC Barcelona hosts PSG tomorrow in the rematch of the Champions League quarter-finals after the 3-2 victory in the first leg In that match at the Parc des Princes, the contribution of Raphinha, who scored a brace, was crucial for the Catalans.

Given his performance, the Brazilian received praise from coach Xavi: “He has many qualities, runs into space, presses well, has a good shot from outside the area, and provides the final pass.” “He is a very talented player, a player who can make a difference in many games, and he did so in the first leg, as he can also do tomorrow,” he said in the pre-match press conference.


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“I visualize a game very similar to the first leg, it’s the Champions League, it’s Paris, and it’s a game in which they won’t speculate,” said the coach, who will not be able to count on Andreas Christensen or Sergi Roberto, who are suspended.

One of the intriguing aspects of the match to be played at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic is that Mbappé will be on the other side, in what could be his last chance to bring the Champions League to PSG if he does indeed leave at the end of the season. Furthermore, his destination would be Real Madrid, so a key role that allows him to eliminate the classic rival would earn him many points.

The team from the French capital also has Luis Enrique on the bench, the last coach to win the Champions League with a Barcelona team that still had figures like Messi, Luis Suárez, or Neymar.


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