Would Xavi start 35-year-old player against Inter Milan? Read what the Barcelona manager has to say

Gerard Pique
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Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez handed Gerard Pique his second start of the season in Barca’s 1-0 victory over RCD Mallorca.

The veteran defender hasn’t featured much this season, but put in a very solid shift against Mallorca.

Pique has found himself become fifth choice centre-back at Barcelona, as he has found himself behind Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Eric Garcia and Andreas Christensen.

Barça have two players out injured in defence, with Pique, Eric Garcia and Andreas Christensen the available options to face Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Xavi was asked if Pique would play against the Italian giants.

“He could be a starter. We have a squad with many quality players,” the Barca coach said.

See Pique’s stats against Mallorca

5 clearances

8/9 aerial duels won

0/3 ground duels won

115/123 passes

6/10 long balls