🎙 Xavi press conference: 🚨 On Dembélé': "Dembélé's situation has not changed. He knows what's there and he has to decide. He is off the list against Alavés." 👉 On Ansu Fati: "Ansu is very affected. It's a relapse. The extra time upset our plans because he was there to play for half an hour. We will try to make specific planning for him. On Monday we will make the decision." 👉 On selecting veteran players for the game: "When things don't go well, the criticism goes to the veterans (Pique, Busi, Alba). Their commitment is maximum. Until now, it's not like we have many alternatives. My decision on who plays will be based on performances. "I know where I am and I know there are criticisms, but we have to reach our goal, and if we don’t, we will work hard to reach and continue, we are in a difficult situation." 👉 On defeat against Bilbao in Copa del Rey: "We analyzed the game and they beat us by intensity and courage. These are values that cannot be missed, and in Bilbao, they were lacking. And that's what hurts me the most as a coach. We had talked about it." 👉 On Frenkie de Jong: "Frenkie de Jong has to be important... and he will be, for sure!" 👉 On Alaves: "Alavés resemble Athletic's style. We will find a similar match and we will try to improve. We need an urgent victory." 👉 On the signings in January: "We are working to make a signing." 👉 On the project: "I'm convinced that we're at the beginning of something important. You have to have faith."
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