I have already warned them – Xavi rates Marcos Alonso’s performance against Bayern Munich

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One of Xavi’s surprise decision against Bayern Munich, was the decision to start Marcos Alonso in the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

“They come fresh, it’s a good match for Marcos Alonso and Christensen. It’s the best eleven to compete,” Xavi told the media ahead of the Champions League tie.

The Barcelona boss was criticised for giving Alonso his first start against Bayern Munich.

Xavi has now revealed that he was happy with Marcos Alonso’s full debut in midweek.

However, Xavi hinted that Alonso won’t start this weekend game, and has warned his players that rotations will be a normal thing.

Xavi said: “He had a great game. He was good one on one stopping (Leroy) Sané. Continuity for everyone will be difficult.

“There will be many rotations. I have already warned the players.”

Xavi says he’s also happy with the current form of Ferran Torres.

He added: “I have a lot of confidence in him, people value him for his goals, but he brings a lot of things – pressure, intensity, work.”