Legendary Barcelona midfielder Xavi has warned his former club of the threat Liverpool forward Sadio Mane may pose during the first leg of their semi-final Champions League clash on Wednesday.
Mane's ability to score goals and provide assists has served him extremely well in the Premier League during the 2018/19 season, bagging 20 goals to add to his already impressive career tally.
Xavi - who won the prestigious tournament with Barcelona four times in his career - insists the Senegalese attacker will be a handful during the clash, comparing him to Reds teammate and last seasons' PFA Player of the Season, Mohamed Salah, before stating that left-back Jordi Alba will have a difficult evening.
As well as the pace Xavi complements Mane on, the forward will have a subtle height advantage over his opposite man, something that could see him pose a threat when trying to provide scoring opportunities for Salah and the rest of Liverpool's forward line.
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In spite of Mane's impressive form and ability, Alba has appeared for seven seasons for Barcelona - and has also won a Champions League with the La Liga club - and will be looking to apply this experience come Wednesday night.
Source : 90min