Xavi gave details to Pau Cubarsi to stop Napoli star striker

Barcelona secured a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2020 after beating Napoli 3-1 at home on Tuesday evening (4-2 on aggregate).

This is a largely solid performance from the Blaugrana barring one or two brief moments of danger posed by Naples. And one of the most Barca’s standout performer that night was 17-year-old Pau Cubarsi..

Making his Champions League debut, in a do-or-die encounter, the teenager The farm The defender produced a high-level performance, managing to cope quite easily with the threat from Victor Osimhen.

Such was his performance that the young talent won the Man of the Match award on his debut in the competition.

Speaking after the match, Cubarsi revealed that Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández had helped prepare him to face the danger posed by the Napoli striker that evening.

“Xavi gave me the details to try and stop Osimhen” said the young man, addressing the club media.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Cubarsi’s game, aside from his exceptional distribution from the back, is his calmness and composure on the pitch. Discussing how he plays, the teenager said (h/t SPORT):

“I play calmly, I do what I know what to do. I try to help the team and I’m happy with the match. I am very happy with the match. I like to play the ball from the back like I always did at Barça, and give 100% to win the duels.

Expressing his joy at this victory, he added: “Today is one of the happiest days of my life! We are in the quarter-finals after four years, we are all very happy with the work we have done in the game.”

“It’s an honor to make my Champions League debut by winning the Man of the Match award and reaching the quarter-finals.”

Cubarsi also wanted to thank the fans who came to support the team in Montjuic, saying: “The fans were great today, they were the 12th player.”

Regarding the possibility of being called up to the Spanish team by Luis de la Fuente next Friday, the same day of the draw for the UCL quarter-finals, Cubarsi said:

“I will keep an eye on both of them as well, because both are very important, but a little more on the Champions League draw than on the Spain team, because if it doesn’t happen now it There will be more opportunities.”

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