Xavi’s Barcelona must play against Real Mallorca with 17 absent players.
La Liga clash againstReal Mallorca
has not been postponed despite the Catalans’ 17 absent players, and their boss
insists that it is not fair and it is not a right decision to ask them to play in a situation that they are struggling with the rise of Covid-19 cases.
"It makes no sense to play tomorrow," Xavi told reporters in Saturday's pre-match news conference.
"We are in an extreme situation. We have between 17-18 casualties, it depends on Umtiti, who today has tested negative but has not trained for a week.
"It's a time to suspend the game. In this way [not postponing the game], the competition is adulterated, it is crazy to play like this.
"We have no choice but to compete with who we have. Mallorca has also asked for it [the game to be postponed].
"We must appeal to common sense. It's not a complaint, it's a reality. Basketball has been suspended.
"We will play if LaLiga forces us. We've trained well, but it's a chaotic situation. Be that as it may, we will go out to compete and try to win."
The Catalans have five injured players, whileBusquets
is spending his suspension andYusuf Demir
is about to leave the club, andFerran Torres
is yet to be registered.
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