Xavi tells Barcelona fans to be excited about this player

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Barcelona coach Xavi has told Barca fans to be excited about youngster Pau Cubarsi.

The 16 year-old defender made his debut in last week’s Copa del Rey win at Unionistas, and was given a start in the La Liga game against Real Betis.

Speaking before the game, Xavi said of the youngster: “He’s a very good option. He’s prepared. The other day he came out with some pressure and did very well. He played with great personality.

“We have many hopes for the future and present.

“There’s a lot missing, what’s missing the most but I’ve already counteracted it. I suppose the Catalans, the club, the history… People say oops oops but I see the Betis and Athletic match as an opportunity. We accept the level of demand but positivity is often lacking.

“We are playing with kids 16, 17 and 18 and they have also given me beatings for that. That’s why I say we are building.”