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In a recent interview with Diari Sport, our second captain, Xavi Hernández, took the time to talk about some current issues on Barça’s agenda. The original interview can be found here.

Here are some of his words, which are always worth a read, regarding Barça’s relationship with Madrid, the Spain national team after the four derbies last season, and the new (still rumoured) signings.

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Sport: What do you think of Barça ending institutional relationships with Real Madrid.

Xavi: It’s not a big deal, but if Madrid were behind those doping accusations, which is not entirely known either, I would say breaking the relationship would be a logical decision.

After two months of the four consecutive derbies, have you talked to Iker Casillas?

No, I haven’t. I haven’t seen them [his national teammates from Madrid]. Not Iker, not Xabi Alonso. We meet each other regularly on the national team, but we do not call each other or anything … I haven’t had the chance to talk to them yet. We will meet in August and we will talk then, if I am called up for the national team. But I have talked to Del Bosque and he told me everything was okay. I have also talked to David Villa, Pedro and Busquets after the friendly matches they played for Spain and they said the atmosphere was pretty normal. But if there’s anything to say to anyone, it has to be done.

Is that easy?

You’ve got to understand that, as teammates in the national team, we respect each other. The tension that arose in those games is normal, because everyone wants to win. Sometimes people do wrong things that are a bit off limits in those games, but they have passed. We just want to forget the whole thing and go back to normal [with Spain].

Are you watching the Copa América?

Yes I am. I’m watching some games with my friends. I want to see Brazil and Argentina, I want to see Messi, Masche, Milito, Dani Alves, Adriano. I wish them the best. It’s an interesting tournament, a lot of young players, great teams…

And Alexis? What do you think of him?

I’ve know [about] him since I played against him in the World Cup. He is an extraordinary player. Besides, I have watched him play at Udinese where he has reached a great level. He is physically strong, and so good in the one-on-one [against defenders]. He is a warrior, and works hard for his team. He is a really good player. He would be a great signing if we got him.

Do you think he could fit into Barça’s style?

He has grown as a player under Marcelo Bielsa’s system. So he knows how to work for the team, he understands the collective game and to work as a team. He would fit perfectly. Bielsa is one of the best coaches in the world to me and he knows how to work football concepts.

The most heavily rumored signings for Barça next season are Alexis and Cesc. Are those ‘top’ signings?

Yes they are. We all know Cesc. I really hope he comes. He’s got that strange feeling of wanting to come and not being able to. I hope they come to an agreement [Barça and Arsenal], for his own sake really. I really want him to come since he is a player that would give us a ‘bonus’.

What do you think of all that controversy about Cesc and Thiago not being able to play together?

People are always saying the same thing. I understand football is competitive and people want you to choose: Cristiano or Messi, Valdés or Casillas, Xavi or Iniesta. But come on… Haven’t we realised yet that all great players can play together? (Haven’t we just proved that?). The first that actually believed that was Luis Aragonés. And did it work? It did!

What’s all that about Cesc cannot play with us or next to Thiago. We have played [the three of us] together this year… And also, there are [enough] games for everyone! People need to give a break to those kids who are coming to the first team, Thiago at 19, Cesc at 24.

Now it seems Cesc would be competition for me or Iniesta… on the contrary, he would play alongside us, with us, and he will grow as a player and would make us better too.

People keep talking, but as much as those players [can] add to the team, the better it would be for Barça.

Ah! And there is also Keita. Why don’t people talk about him? Have we already kicked him out of the team? And Mascherano? Isn’t he playing or what?

I am amazed by all the talk and debate because it seems people don’t know anything about football. But that’s the problem in our society: everyone likes football but only a few really get what a dressing room is, or the importance of team work and being in solidarity.

Have you talked to Bojan?

Not yet, I need to call him because I want to cheer him up. Is he going to Rome, is it done?


He will do great, whenever he goes. He has an innate talent of scoring, he’s positive and a really good guy.

Do you know that the Madrid press are saying, about the possible departures of Bojan and Jeffren, that Barça is not looking after the cantera anymore?

Wow, I really don’t know what to say anymore! It’s more crap they say. Thiago is joining the first team this season or they haven’t heard it yet… And Fontàs, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Montoya, Jonathan Dos Santos. There is so much talent in the cantera. The next generation is right there, knocking on our door. I can see it, I can feel it.

Did you watch the U-21 European Cup?

Yes I did, Spain was wonderful. Montoya is fantastic. And Botía, Javi Martínez, Thiago, Muniaín… It’s fantastic for Spanish football. Young players need chances. Barça’s luck is related to our coach, who gives many opportunities to young players. How can they [the Madrid press] say that? When young players at Barça do get chances to play… Their problem is that they’re blind by fanaticism.

But you guys made Spain known in the world.

It was really hard, because people didn’t believe in us. That was the worst part. You went to play and saw that people didn’t trust you. You would came out in the Camp Nou and could feel people not supporting [us]. You would go to the national team and people would boo us, some even laugh at us… But we showed anyone what Spanish football can give, we have showed it has reached a great level, we have changed history, which was the hardest thing to do.

Do you think that, as long as Pep is around, the team will continue being successful?

Sure. Pep captivates people with his presence. He is very demanding, wants and demands order. When I see him in the training ground I immediately recognise him as the leader. Pep has an emotional intelligence that only few people have. He is irreplaceable to me.

It’s difficult to think about what people will say about this Barça team in 20 or 30 years…

To say we’re the best team in the history might be a bit much. I’m sure there will be another team that will evolve and play fantastic football. Life evolves. In 10 or 20 years more there will be huge teams as well and people will judge if they are better than Barça today.

Source and translation: Total Barca


( 25 comments — Speak )
Jul. 9th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I need to call him because I want to cheer him up.

Jul. 9th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Flawless angel.
So selfless and full of kind words for every player.
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Jul. 9th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
+1 and they're also not playing football.
Jul. 9th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
lmao, unable to complete passes. ily!
Jul. 9th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
unable to complete passes A+++
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
lol A+
Jul. 10th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Haha, A+++++++++++++++++ comment!:D
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my! This man is glorious *___*
Jul. 9th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
I always look forward to Xavi's interviews more than anybody else's. He's not just a football player, he's also such a fan. Love him forever. ;___;
Jul. 9th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I like how he has to ask if the Bojan deal is done.
Xavi has the best interviews and I fall more in love every time, etc.
Jul. 9th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
perfect tbqh
Jul. 9th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
"But come on… Haven’t we realised yet that all great players can play together? (Haven’t we just proved that?)."

"there are [enough] games for everyone! People need to give a break to those kids who are coming to the first team, Thiago at 19, Cesc at 24"

"Ah! And there is also Keita. Why don’t people talk about him? Have we already kicked him out of the team? And Mascherano? Isn’t he playing or what?"

OMG. Hearts in my eyes. Especially the last one where he gives credit to the underrated players. I love everyone, but press always want to discuss Messi Villa Xavi Cesc etc etc the Big Stars to the point of saturation. He is amazing for supporting all his mates ._.
The team is lucky to have someone like Xavi TBQH who is both skillful player-wise and perfect supportive for team moral.
Why doesn't ontd try to hate on interviews like this instead of picking random lines stolen from tumblr taken out of context?!
Jul. 9th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I forgot UNSELFISH on the field. For how skilled he is, one of THE most unselfish players I've ever seen. I've watched way too many talented players who are ball-hoggers and non-passers.
Xavi is perfect :3
Jul. 10th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Have you talked to Bojan?
Not yet, I need to call him because I want to cheer him up

this made me so ): but otherwise another flawless interview from a flawless player <33
Jul. 10th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
I looove your icon!:D
Jul. 10th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Ugh, so flawless.
Jul. 10th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)

Every time Xavi gives an interview, he shows it's all about the team. All the <3's ever, you beautiful man.
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
Every time he gives an interview I just fall more in love with him. Xavi is flawless. The end.
Jul. 10th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Such an intelligent player. Lucky we have him tbh. Sometimes I suspect his haters wouldn't hate him if he were on their team, speaking for their side and not against them. Hahahaha
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Xavi haters would LOVE him if he was on their team. He's unselfish, a great player, teammate, fan, friend, etc. If he were on the opposite side, all RM (or any other teams fans) would love him for being so honest and so great.

Which is why we all love him :) so glad he's with us.
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
IDK, part of the reason why people talk about some players leaving is bc they have to compete for limited places, we really do have a lot of midfielders. If they all are willing to stay and compete, love the club to their grave of course everything is rainbows and unicorns but some might want a chance elsewhere. And we don't even rotate much.

Otherwise, yes flawless. I really love his interviews.
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
flawless man and flawless interview juts like the OP
Jul. 10th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
Xavi interviews are my favourite thing. He's always so intelligent, articulate, loyal, and just the right hint of trolling. Hearts in my eyes.

It is going to be interesting with the transfers and how things shake out. We have a big talented squad (we're never going to be short of a midfielder) but not everyone can play all the time, so who knows.
Xavi has to keep playing though, because he is too fierce and flawless to be tamed.
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
He is seriously amazing. He's that player that every fan stans because of how great he is. <3
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