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Critical Xavi Slams Real's Playing Style

Critical Xavi Hernandez Slams Real Madrid's Playing Style

By Keegan Kruger - Jan 10, 2018 09:35 AM @KeeganKruger

Former FC Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has been critical of European champions Real Madrid, slamming the way they currently play.

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Despite seeing Los Blancos lift the UEFA Champions League and La Liga titles last season, the former Blaugrana star feels that Real lack a culture of beautiful football.

"Barcelona is the final exam for a player," Xavi told El Pais.

"It is the most challenging club and the most demanding in the world. Madrid do not play so beautifully. At the Bernabeu, if a defender hoofs the ball into the stand, it is okay. That is the culture. The fans applaud.

"At the Camp Nou, you knock the ball into the stand, and the grumbles are so loud it is negative. Since (Johan) Cruyff's time.

"Mourinho's Madrid hit the ball directly over the top. Mourinho told his players never to stop the ball, to play quickly and then (Angel) Di Maria, Cristiano (Ronaldo) or (Karim) Benzema would break. Now they do it with (Gareth) Bale. They don't want to play football."

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Los Blancos are currently fourth in La Liga, 16 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona, although they do have a game in hand.

Do you agree with Xavi's opinion on the way Real play? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Izec247 Jan 10, 2018 04:12 PM
Real Madrid played beautiful football under Carlo Ancelotti. Under Zidane they are successful but they play rubb!sh It's not that the club doesn't want beautiful football but it's the coach they have.
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Gabriel innocent mugabe Jan 10, 2018 03:56 PM
Xavi alwyz criticise but he wont confused jose,i wonder how much pep payed him to damage mourinho's name?
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djshepzaro Jan 10, 2018 11:25 AM
Tjooo its true ,dis guy jus opened my eyes
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Blaq T Jan 10, 2018 10:47 AM
Very true...
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MR E Jan 10, 2018 10:29 AM
A team that all players are selfish wow!

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