Inaki Pena is eager to seize the opportunity to make a strong impression in the Barcelona first team in the coming weeks.
Xavi called on Pena into the Barcelona starting XI for the first time this season, but their yesterday’s match ended with a 1-1 draw away at Rayo Vallecano.
Despite being unable to keep a clean sheet in Vallecas, the 24-year-old delivered a solid overall performance, showcasing his abilities despite the lack of match action in the 2023/24 season.
The first-choice goalkeeper, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, missed his inaugural game of the campaign due to a back injury sustained while on international duty with Germany.
Xavi opted to exclude Ter Stegen as a precautionary measure for his recovery, but he has not yet given an update on the goalkeeper’s fitness ahead of a midweek Champions League clash with Porto.
Needing only a point against Porto, Xavi may choose to maintain confidence in Pena to avoid rushing Ter Stegen back, ensuring the Alicante-born goalkeeper will be completely ready for the challenge.
Inaki Pena told Mundo Deportivo: “I am very happy to be able to add minutes this season. I am ready to play and I will wait to see what the manager decides.”