Wise Words Wednesday: Xavi discussing being a romantic of football

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One of the greatest midfielders in our generation has decided to take his talents to Qatar for one final swansong, so it was only fitting to dedicate this week’s feature to the one and only, Xavi Hernandez. The interview was conducted in 2011, where the four time Champions League winner discusses his football education, Cesc Fabregas, and the greatness of Paul Scholes. This is an excerpt of the interview.


It’s good that the reference point for world football right now is Barcelona, that it’s Spain. Not because it’s ours but because of what it is. Because it’s an attacking football, it’s not speculative, we don’t wait. You pressure, you want possession, you want to attack. Some teams can’t or don’t pass the ball. What are you playing for? What’s the point? That’s not football. Combine, pass, play. That’s football – for me, at least. For coaches, like, I don’t know, [Javier] Clemente or [Fabio] Capello, there’s another type of football. But it’s good that Barcelona’s style is now a model, not that.


 

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