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'Barca Are Like Magic's Lakers'

'Barca Are Like Magic's Lakers'

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82 / / Feb 20, 2013 01:26 PM
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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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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
Coweditor remove this story here because Xavi and co got raped yesterday...yes Barcow played like Arsenal yesterday...and for that they had to be raped.

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AplaNoj Level 1
Xavi u are jus dreaming man u r nun but a weak team thinking its the best

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TENDANIL Level 1
Go home xavi you are Drunk

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Thabo_wa_lekhosi Level 2
I thot we agreed to no change of philosophy mr hernandes! Wat was dose long range shots and square balls for?

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LEEROY246 Level 4
The main big difference btwn barca and the basketbal team is they d0minatd alm0st everythn whch isnt the case with the catalans. -13 c0nsecutive games mes has been scoring......

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tondi23 Level 1
Congrats to AC Milan. A well deserved win. A well done Italian Job! Milan's defence was disciplined and they did a great job.

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Mpho_hilson Level 1
Hehehehehehe no shot on target for bacakids at milan

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Totti10 Level 2
Barcelonia kuphi khona? Raped infront of the Police

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PiratesFan Level 1
Tiki taka lmao...does it work agaist bus parking teams??

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Ibhova Level 1
When Pique was playin basketball against Chelsea in 2009 in de 18 area u guys were busy sayin its part of football so u live wit it,dats part of football aswel,possession don't win u games but goals do!!

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Mpho_hilson Level 1
Hahahaha say that again xavi

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jommak Level 1
Let's forget about it P_kwazo, surely just a night to forget, we must just plan for the return to regroup, we've never been knocked out at this stage, we'll beat them. Let them have their party today

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Mashiane10 Level 1
Dnt rule out Milan,milan 2-0 barca

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gokuu Level 1
Montolivo was really good. Abbiati was hardly tested, infact, there was no amazing safe he made for 90 minutes. Deserved win for Milan.

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thoamawi Level 1
This is your time to speak more so use it wisely untul we shut u up on the second leg, See Barca on a last 8

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thoamawi Level 1
What they have done to us in 90 min, we can do more than that, don't rule us off Man

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P_Kwazo Level 1
Cockroaches are out already!

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
Oohhhh!poor midget is really struglin,mxm!

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
Yes we hear what you are saying Xavi but after the game go to the nearest police station to report this rape case because Milan is molesting Barca and Cowles

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P_Kwazo Level 1
Surely this is Barca's worst display of the season!

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