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Barcelona rest Xavi, Alexis for Valencia game

They played a lot and they need to rest, says coach

AP, Saturday 31 Aug 2013
FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez attends a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino will rest regular starters Xavi Hernandez and Alexis Sanchez for Sunday's Spanish league match at Valencia.

Martino says "Xavi and Alexis have played a lot and, according to my criteria, it was time to rest them for a match."

Xavi is Barcelona's reference in midfield while Alexis plays on the right side of attack.

Barcelona defender Adriano returns after missing one game because of a muscle problem.

Xavi has been called up by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for its World Cup qualifier against Finland on Friday.

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