Barcelona rest Xavi Hernandez, Alexis Sanchez for Valencia game

Updated: 31 August 2013 17:08 IST

Coach Gerardo Martino says that Xavi and Alexis have played a lot and it was their their turn to be rested

Barcelona:

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 their World Cup qualifier against Finland on Friday.

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