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Xavi talks Kounde, Aubameyang, Memphis, Dest, Casemiro ahead of Sociedad vs Barcelona

 

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Barcelona will look to get back to winning ways as they take on Real Sociedad for gameweek 2 of La Liga. Following their disappointing draw against Rayo Vallecano, fans will be hoping for a more intense display, albeit away from home.

 

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Anoeta has historically been a tough ground for Barça, but they are now undefeated there in their last six visits. Xavi will want to keep this run alive, but ahead of the game, addresses the media as part of his pre-game press conference.

 

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On the game: “Sociedad is a difficult opposition, who do many things well. They have special players, a distinguished goalkeeper, a strong defence, and a dense attack. They control several aspects of the game, and it will be a test for us. Last season, we played well in the first half there, but not in the second.”

On Jules Kounde’s registration: “We are still waiting, the list will be published tomorrow. There is no news right now.”

On Kounde’s position: “Yes, I count on him, and I explained my idea to him. He is 23, and has great experience, good skills. At Barcelona, you have to show in every match that you are ready, every match is a test. I definitely prefer him to play as a centre-back, but in emergency situations, we may change.”

On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential move to Chelsea: “The transfer window ends at the end of August, everything is open, we have to see if someone will come or leave. Auba is our player now, and I definitely count on him, we have to see the circumstances.”

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On Aubameyanga and Memphis Depay: “Auba and Depay are Barcelona players and I count on them tomorrow. If we get an offer, we must definitely evaluate it. Our priority is to register Kounde and we will still have time until tomorrow.”

On Sergio Busquets’ replacement tomorrow: “You’ll see tomorrow, I won’t give the lineup now. There are players who can play there, like Kessie, Frenkie, and Pjanic. Our list is long and there are many options.”

On Casemiro’s exit from Real Madrid: “Casemiro was an important players in European football, they signed a player to replace him, but I don’t like to talk about our rivals. They lost an important player, but these are decisions related to their club.”

On Ferran Torres’ recovery: “Ferran trained well this week, he’s 100% focused. He’s an important player, and a top scorer.”

On Dest: “You already know the situation.”

On Pablo Torre: “We spoke with Torre to see what is best for him. He can stay with us but will have few training sessions with the senior team. Maybe a loan is the best option for him.”

On Frenkie de Jong: “Frenkie is a spectacular player, with a lot of leadership. I see him as an interior, but he can also adapt to playing as a pivot. As a full-back? No, I don’t see him there.”

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