Xavi “thought to play” Gerard Pique before his expulsion

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Xavi “thought to play” Gerard Pique before his expulsion

Xavi (coach of FC Barcelona, 2-1 winner against Osasuna): “The arbitration decisions have harmed us. In our opinion, there was a very clear foul in the first goal, and then the dismissal of Robert Lewandowski… Everything was against us. It’s a game that you might have thought lost, but the team pulled together. I am very proud of them. It’s a great team victory.

“There was Gerard left, and we were thinking of playing him, yes. But they sent him off at halftime. It is the fruit of the tension of the moment. We felt injustice, once again, hence his reaction. »

(On the expulsion of Pique, for the last game of his career) I was going to rely on him, yes. But, in the end, it’s Chadi (riad) who entered. We knew that Andreas (Christensen) was coming back from an injury, that he lacked a bit of rhythm, Eric Garcia was feeling pain, he forced himself to be present but, during the warm-up, he didn’t feel at all well… So he stayed Gerard, and we were thinking of playing him, yes. But they sent him off at halftime. It is the fruit of the tension of the moment. We felt injustice, once again, hence Gerard’s reaction. »

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