Xavi Slams Barca
Xavi Hernandez Slams FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has criticised his former club for the way they have been running in recent years, and praised rivals Real Madrid in the process.
The Spaniard, who came through Barca's famous La Masia academy, feels the club need to focus on their youth structures, suggesting there is a disconnect between the Blaugrana's junior and senior sides.
"In general, Barcelona have been sleeping," he told The Tactical Room.
"They have to strengthen the youth academy and their model of play.
"Young players have to learn this form of play so that when they get into the first team, they already have the concepts properly learned."
Xavi then went to praise Zinedine Zidane and Los Blancos, lauding the Frenchman for how he has turned things around at Real.
"Real Madrid made very good signings," he added.
"Nowadays, they dominate all the aspects (of the game): the counterattack, the positional attack, holding the ball and retreating.
"They have a very good mix (of players), who are fast and strong and believe in Zidane."
Barca are reportedly close to losing Neymar to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, with new reports suggesting they have also made a bid for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
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