Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez Unfazed by FIFA Break Ahead of PSG Showdown

FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will meet in a few days at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie. Both teams are coming off a FIFA international break, and manager Xavi Hernandez spoke about whether this will impact the first encounter.

The two teams had several players go out on international duty and did see players receive minor knocks, but the most significant injury was Bradley Barcola. PSG’s coaching staff is racing against time to have the Frenchman ready for the match.

Hernandez spoke to the media and noted that he doesn’t believe that the FIFA break will affect the first leg. 

“I’m not worried because they’re coming back from international duty and they have to switch to ‘club mode,'” Hernandez said (h/t Mundo Deportivo). “There are still many days left before the match against PSG. We’re focused on tomorrow’s game. We want to and believe we can fight, and tomorrow’s match is crucial to win three points and try to put pressure on Madrid.”

Barcelona will also be without a key defender for their weekend clash as they decide to be cautious ahead of what lies ahead. Mundo Deportivo reports that Andreas Christensen didn’t train yesterday because his Achilles discomfort is still persisting. Everything indicates he won’t feature against Las Palmas. 

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