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waitin' for el clásico...

“WINNING AGAINST REAL MADRID IS LIKE HAVING AN ORGASM”

hey

On Monday (the 29th) another historical clásico will take place at the Camp Nou. With some new entries, like David Villa in the blaugrana ranks and Mourinho on the visitors’ bench, but mostly with historical veterans. One of them, Xavi Hernández, only had a token role in the first two, having been recently promoted to the first division team; but since the year 2000 he has become one of the great protagonists of the clásico. The midfielder has kindly agreed to go over the last ten clásicos with us.

there's also an interview:

Q: A rival’s comment.

A: I was 18 and I remember there was a little argument on the pitch and Raúl came up to me – at the Bernabéu – and he gave me a little slap on the cheek and he told me: “Hey, relax.” I was left stunned. It was like he pulled hierarchy on me,

Q: If it was up to you, which Real Madrid player would you sign for Barça?

A: My two friends Iker and Xabi Alonso, but it would be because of the team feeling, not because either of them is “superior” to the level of quality we have here.

Q: The Real Madrid player you have admired the most.

A: Raúl. Very much. Plus, I have a very good relationship with him. Hierro, too, who was my captain in the selección (NT) and is an incredible person; his image does not reflect his real personality. He was hated a lot here (at Barça).


FULL ARTICLE STARTS HERE

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2000-2001 Figo’s comeback (2-0) > First Figo game at the Camp Nou. I never saw so much booing in a football pitch, ever. It was heavy, and I remember Puyol doing a very good tackle at Figo and personally, I did a good job with that game.

2001-2002 I scored and we got a draw (1-1) > I remember that Real Madrid had Zidane, Beckham,  Ronaldo, Figo… they were definitely superior, and still we got a draw, we might even have won that one. I was lucky enough to be the one who scored the goal that got us a draw.

2002-2003 The day of the hog’s head (0-0) > We deserved to win that one. The game became (in)famous because of that pig’s head that somebody threw on the pitch at Figo, whenever he went to kick corners they threw all sorts of things at him. They said it was a bad game afterwards, but I think Barça was superior and we deserved to win.

2003-2004 merengues were superior (1-2) > That was our first year with Rijkaard and Real Madrid was superior that season. Nothing to say there cause they were better than us.

2004-2005 A new cycle (3-0) > That year marked the start of a new cycle, because at the end of the previous season we’d won 1-2 at the Bernabéu. The first goal of the 3-0 happened because Eto’o stole the ball from Roberto Carlos.

2005-2006 Injured and in pain (1-1) > I didn’t play that game because I was injured (ligaments injure) and I was in real pain. It looked like we could have won, and well, we scored the first goal on penalty because of Roberto Carlos’ foul on Van Bommel. I thought we were gonna win 2 or 3 – nil but then Ronaldo was able to pierce Víctor’s defence. Real Madrid never runs out of resources.

2006-2007 Messi bursts into the scene (3-3) > I remember we were playing with ten after Oleguer’s expulsion, and Messi played spectacularly and got a draw after Sergio Ramos’ 2-3- That game was a Messi game.

2007-2008 A clásico to forget (0-1) > That game was a fiasco. I remember it was the last match before Christmas. We spent a real shitty Christmas that year. I don’t know what happened with us, but that year we played as if we were constantly tired. In the end Real Madrid won back la Liga for themselves, we made it too easy for them.

2008-2009 A small Real Madrid (2-0) > That year Real Madrid seemed like a small team, they parked the bus on us. It surprised me. Ero’o scored on a corner kick and then Messi sealed the game. I remember it wouldn’t stop raining and it was all really epic.

2009-2010 Ibrahimovic’ goal (1-0) > They said Real Madrid was getting better, but even though Busquets was sent off, we were superior. At the Camp Nou and at the Bernabéu.

 

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INTERVIEW

Q: The best clásico at home.

A: The 3-0 one, both individually and as a team. We didn’t let them breathe during the whole game. I remember discussing this with Deco: “we have to pressure them the whole game, the whole game”. We were in good shape physically and we played an awesome game.

Q: Worst clásico at home.

A: The 0-1 during the 2003-2004 season, because we felt inferior… They had Beckham, Zidane, Roberto Carlos… they were superior and you just felt helpless against them.

Q: If you had to have a dinner out with someone, would you choose Mourinho or Cristiano Ronaldo?

A: If it were to discuss football, than either of them. Mourinho probably, because he has more experience (he’s been through much more).

Q: The player you found harder to block.

A: Zidane. He was spectacular. He would show you the ball and you thought you were gonna steal it from him but then he changed leg. He was the best player during the 1990-2000 decade.

Q: The player that annoyed you the most.

A: Makelele. He was a real pain. When I saw him I always thought “there he goes, he’s gonna steal me the ball now”. Same goes for Redondo.

Q: A goal you scored that you will never forget.

A: The one I scored at the Bernabéu, for what it meant to us. It was at the last minute and it was what marked the start of a new cycle for Barça.

Q: The best piece of advice they’ve given you before a clásico.

A: Guardiola’s. “Have fun, be yourselves. We must not lose our game philosophy.”

Q: A rival’s comment.

A: I was 18 and I remember there was a little argument on the pitch and Raúl came up to me – at the Bernabéu – and he gave me a little slap on the cheek and he told me: “Hey, relax.” I was left stunned. It was like he pulled hierarchy on me, something we’ve also done with the younger ones from Real Madrid.

Q: A game you would erase.

A: The 4-1 at the Bernabéu. Not for the pasillo.
, but because of the helpless feeling I felt on the pitch. I imagine it must be what they felt during the 2-6.

Q: A clásico you saw as a fan.

A: The two 5-0. The one we had here with the Dream Team, which was fucking awesome, and the 5-0 at the Bernabéu the following year, with Laudrup. It was painful to watch as a culé, but they played an AWESOME game.
(this goes out to all madridistas who think Xavi is always running his mouth against Real Madrid... I don't know how many merengues would say the same about Barça...)

Q: Are you going to vote?

A: If I can, sure.

Q: A clásico is like…

A: And orgasm, when you win (laughs). It’s like betting money in a casino. If you win, you feel like your heart is going to burst, but if you lose…

Q: If it was up to you, which Real Madrid player would you sign for Barça?

A: My two friends Iker and Xabi Alonso, but it would be because of the team feeling, not because either of them is “superior” to the level of quality we have here.

Q: The Real Madrid player you have admired the most.

A: Raúl. Very much. Plus, I have a very good relationship with him. Hierro, too, who was my captain in the selección (NT) and is an incredible person; his image does not reflect his real personality. He was hated a lot here (at Barça).

Q: Worst refereeing.

A: Pérez Burrull during that 4-1 because of that penalty he whistled in favor of Real Madrid when Puyol had not committed any foul. Oh, and Losantos Omar during the Bernabéu game. Even though the Rivaldo goal he disallowed was not his fault as much as it was the linesman’s.

Q: About the 2-6. Aside from the result, what is the best image you have from that day?

A: The feeling we had that we were superior to them. You saw them talking to each other and their faces said everything. On the other hand every tie we played we had the feeling that we could score another goal.

I love how he's being so honest about this.I don't get why he is the least likable Barça player to merengues. Seriously.

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LOL and I'm ending on this note because they're my OTP (insert Messi-deal-with-it gif LOL)

 http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/gen/20101124/54074907059/noticia/xavi-ganar-al-real-madrid-es-como-un-orgasmo.html

Tags: barça dna, barça propaganda, interviews, xavi belongs to jesse, xavi the conductor
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