Tue 24 January 2023 | 14:47

Xavi: “There is no bad blood between Barca and referee Manzano”

Manzano, who showed Lewandowski a red card in Barca's La Liga clash with Osasuna in November, will once again stand as an official in the Blaugrana's Copa del Rey quarter-final with Real Sociedad.

Gil Manzano showed

Robert Lewandowski

a straight red card, which cost the Polish striker a three-match ban, following Lewandowski's gesture during leaving the pitch.


Xavi Hernandez

insists there is no bad blood between Barcelona and the referee. He told his press conference:

"There is no problem. Let it go unnoticed.

"We hope it will be a pleasant match. Robert is a professional who will be aware of the game, which we can control.

"I always tell [the players] to forget about the referee. It's a situation that we can't control. This is not going to lower our mood."

Conceding only six goals in their 17 La Liga games, Xavi hailed

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

for his role in Barca's strong backline.


Marc is at a spectacular level. At the best moment,"

he said.

"He reminds me of Ter Stegen from his first year. He gives us a lot and makes a difference to us.

"We give importance to the defensive line. We work on it and it bears fruit in the league in this case."

On Frank Kessie and Barca's general transfer market intentions, Xavi added:

"Kessie, at no time did I consider leaving. He gives us many alternatives in our game.

"I predicted a calm market. I'm happy with the team and there's nothing new, although I haven't ruled anything out."



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