Xavi: Young people can not be the backbone of Barcelona

Barcelona coach Xavi has said his new players could not be the backbone of the club’s return to the rails, as they allowed a late goal in the 2-2 draw with Osasuna on Sunday.

Big financial troubles have forced Barca to play with new players this season and it was the two teenagers Nicolas Gonzalez and Abdessamad Ezzalzoul – who gave the Catalans a 2-1 lead at the Estadio El Sadar.

However, Ezeuqiel Avila’s equalizer in the 86th minute denied Xavi’s three full points, who says he can not expect much from the new changes.

Asked about the impact of young players, Xavi said: “It is a positive impact, but also a negative one.”

“The players who are making a difference in Barcelona at the moment are 17, 18 and 19 years old. It is positive for the future of the club. “Abde had spectacular matches, as did Gavi and Nico, but they can not be the backbone of the team,” Xavi explained.

Barca is in eighth place in La Liga with 24 points, 18 points away from leader and rival Real Madrid, as well as five points away from the top four.

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