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'Barca Are Like Magic's Lakers'

'Barca Are Like Magic's Lakers'

By Soccer-Laduma - Feb 20, 2013 01:26 PM

Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez believes the current Blaugrana generation is headed for greatness.

The little midfield metronome says that he and his team-mates will ultimately be remembered as one of the best teams ever assembled in all sports.

And he has compared the current La Liga leaders to the all-conquering LA Lakers basketball team, which dominated the NBA throughout the 1980s, thanks to the exploits of stars like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Xavi says that Barca’s modern success as a club in Spain and Europe, and the global domination of the club’s Spanish internationals with La Furia Roja, has ensured their place in the pantheon of sporting greats.

"We have not won just La Liga titles and Champions Leagues, but we have gone with the national team and won European Championships and World Cups," Xavi told the Federacio Catalana de Futbol website.

"We do not realise it now, but in five or six years, when this generation has passed, we will be remembered like the Lakers of 30 years ago. An historic team.

“You are not fully aware of it at the moment, because you devote yourself to working day to day, you want to compete, you want to win."

Xavi will line up alongside his much vaunted team-mates tonight, as they continue their pursuit of yet another European Cup.

Barca take on AC Milan at the San Siro, in a clash of two of Europe’s most pedigreed team.

The Blaugrana are heavily favoured to progress to the next round of the competition, and Xavi trusts that their customary style of passing football will get them there.

Asked if he would change anything about the way Barca play if he was manager, Spain’s greatest-ever central midfielder was adamant.

"No," he said.

"As I believe so much in this philosophy, I am delighted with it. I like how Pep lead the team, and how Tito [Vilanova] and Jordi [Roura] are doing it now."


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