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Xavi has called up 19-year-old Estanis Pedrola to the first-team squad ahead of the Real Madrid game

Xavi and his men suffered a shocking defeat against Almeria at the weekend after being eliminated from the UEFA Europa League competition by Erik ten Hag's Manchester United side. The Catalan giants will now shift their attention to their match in the Copa del Rey competition against arch-rivals Real Madrid tomorrow night.

According to reports coming from Heavy, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has made a surprise call ahead of Barca's Copa del Rey Clasico against Ancelotti's men in the first leg of their semi-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The report has it that Xavi has called up 19-year-old youngster Estanis Pedrola to the first-team squad for the match and talked about the youngster in a pre-match press conference ahead of the clash at the Spanish capital.

“He’s a player we know from last season. He made his debut against Mallorca,” Xavi said

“He’s a player who is good in one-on-ones, he’s fast, can score goals, he can cut inside, he’s in good form", Xavi added.

The report adds that Pedrola has been called up after impressing for the reserve team and following an injury to the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski. It remains to be seen if these reports are true.

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