FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has explained why Dani Alves was left out of the Europa League squad for the knockout stages.
The Catalan giants will do battle against Napoli in the knockout round play-offs after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group.
Rules for the tournament state a club is only able to register three new players for the knockout round, but Barcelona made four signings in January.
Xavi opted to register Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Adama Traore, leaving out the 38-year-old defender who is now only able to play in LaLiga.
“I feel bad,” admitted Xavi in his latest press conference.
“I had to choose and I kept him out because I considered that the position of full-back has better cover than the others.
“I had to be unfair to someone and it has been Dani. He gives us a lot inside and outside of the pitch and I am sure that he will continue doing that.”
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