Xavi rules Alonso and Bellerin out of Barca's Champions League opener
While Marcos Alonso arrived as a part of Aubameyang's transfer to Barcelona, the Blaugrana signed the La Masia graduate Hector Bellerin on a free transfer as his contract got terminated by Arsenal.
will kick off theirChampions League
season on Wednesday againstViktoria Plzen
at Nou Camp. While the Blaugrana managerXavi Hernandez
confirms there will be "necessary" squad rotations on Wednesday, he rules his newSpanish
fullbacks out of their Wednesday Champions League opener.
told his pre-match conference:
“Yes, there will be rotations. The calendar is very demanding, we need people to have minutes, there is tiredness, fatigue and niggles after the Sevilla match. We have a big squad and we have to rotate. That’s the idea.
“They are two signings, they have to get used to what we are doing. They haven’t had minutes this season and they need a little more physical work. Saturday they will be in the squad.”
Beginning his career at Barcelona,Hector Bellerin
spent the majority of his career atArsenal
. However, despite a quick peak at thePremier League
side, he fell out of the pecking order onceMikel Arteta
took the reign as the manager of the Gunners. He joined the Blaugrana on the transfers deadline alongside Marcos Alonso.
As part of the deal forPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
sent defenderMarcos Alonso
to Barcelona. The left-back joined on a one-year deal with a €30 million release clause.
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