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Xavi Slams Barca

Xavi Hernandez Slams FC Barcelona

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 21, 2017 06:30 PM @KurtLaduma

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.

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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."

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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.

Do you agree with Xavi's sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jul 24, 2017 02:26 AM
Xavi u right barca management is too slow to boast quality players in the team
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musa005 Jul 23, 2017 02:31 PM
For the first time I have to agree with xavi
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Faysal Jul 22, 2017 11:30 AM
I agree with him
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Coach T Jul 22, 2017 10:47 AM
Ya he's right Barcelona are good at development but since they sign "great players" they have become a good team not the greatest only Racatic neymar & Suarez have been historical
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Dipholo Rangata Jul 22, 2017 09:07 AM
Amen!
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Shepherd Mtetwa Jul 22, 2017 07:49 AM
BREAKING NEWS: Xavi now Zidane's new assistant @ Madrid
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MacG* Jul 21, 2017 08:33 PM
Kungaqhuma kubasiwe...
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Michaeltshigama Jul 21, 2017 08:17 PM
He's rite Barcow faithfools will skin him alive for telling the truth
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Tsunky Jul 21, 2017 07:55 PM
I'm a barca fan but i think xavi is right if neymar leaves, barcelona would struggle
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BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND2 Jul 21, 2017 07:38 PM
thanx Xavi for stating those facts even though it won't go down well with some barca faithfools.
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Dunu-Rats-Slayer Jul 21, 2017 07:27 PM
Sad but true
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Labello Joined: 19 Jul 2017
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Labello Jul 21, 2017 07:07 PM
Jah thy r sleeping dude
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molomowandau Jul 21, 2017 07:07 PM
Should Barcelona let jr leave they will never win laliga again
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upthebuczz Jul 21, 2017 06:52 PM
Fair xavi

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