• ‘Special’ Coutinho would improve Barcelona, says Xavi

    ‘Special’ Coutinho would improve Barcelona, says Xavi

    The World Cup winner believes Liverpool’s Brazilian star is one of the best midfielders in Europe on current form and would not look out of place at Camp Nou.

    Xavi has declared Philippe Coutinho would be a welcome addition at Barcelona, adding that he has no doubts the Liverpool star would make the grade at Camp Nou.

    The Brazilian playmaker has been generating plenty of headlines of late, with his efforts in the Premier League reported to be drawing admiring glances from […]

  • Rooney too good for China – Xavi

    Rooney too good for China – Xavi

    Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes it is too soon for Wayne Rooney to be considering a move to America or China, with it important that he maximises the peak years of his playing career in ‘one of Europe’s top leagues’.

    Reports continue to suggest that the Manchester United skipper’s days at Old Trafford are numbered, with Jose Mourinho having taken him out of the firing line to take up a regular role on the bench.

    Lucrative offers from the wider footballing world […]

  • Xavi: Mourinho wants war, not football

    Xavi: Mourinho wants war, not football

    The former Barcelona star has a low opinion of the way the Portuguese faces adversity and urges him to stop bringing his shenanigans back to the Premier League.

    Xavi has described Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as wanting war instead of football when things do not go his way.

    The Portuguese recently griped to Antonio Conte about excessive touchline gesticulating after Chelsea’s 4-0 humiliation of the Red Devils at the weekend.

    It was an incident that followed Mourinho finding issue with Jurgen Klopp […]

  • Samir Nasri takes Xavi’s crown as the Champions League’s new pass master

    Samir Nasri takes Xavi’s crown as the Champions League’s new pass master

    Samir Nasri’s attempts to get back to best remained on track with Sevilla as he struck the winner in the 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday evening.

    The 29-year-old featured just 13 times for Manchester City last season, while he was excluded for part of Pep Guardiola’s pre-season camp this summer after returning from holiday overweight.

    But in his loan spell at Sevilla, the French midfielder has become a key part of their midfield under Jorge Sampaoli.

    And in their win over […]

  • Guardiola will transform English football – Xavi

    Guardiola will transform English football – Xavi

    Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has backed former boss Pep Guardiola to bring about a football revolution in England.

    Xavi played an integral role in Guardiola’s success at Barcelona in a reign in which he led them to 14 trophies.

    And, speaking to BBC Sport, the former Spain midfielder said he believed Guardiola’s work at Manchester City could have far reaching implications on the English game.

    “If there is one person who can change the mentality of English players, of English football it […]

  • Xavi blasts ’embarrassing’ Gerard Pique criticism

    Xavi blasts ’embarrassing’ Gerard Pique criticism

    Xavi has backed Gerard Pique’s decision to quit Spain duty after the 2018 World Cup, labelling criticism aimed at the defender as “embarrassing”.

    The centre-back announced that the World Cup in Russia will be his last major international tournament in the aftermath of Spain’s 2-0 qualifying win over Albania.

    Pique was accused by some of cutting the regulation short-sleeved jersey in order to remove the trim on the shirts that bears the design of the Spanish flag, although the 29-year-old produced proof […]

  • Xavi denies disrespecting Ronaldo in Messi debate

    Xavi denies disrespecting Ronaldo in Messi debate

    Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he sticks by comments that his one-time teammate Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, while also claiming he did not show a lack of respect to the Real Madrid star.

    Speaking earlier on Tuesday at an Aspire event in Amsterdam, Xavi said Ronaldo’s numbers made him favourite to win a fourth Ballon d’Or this year, while insisting that he expected Messi to be in the running too.

    Later that evening, the former Spain […]

  • Guardiola most influential person in football in 10 years – Xavi

    Guardiola most influential person in football in 10 years – Xavi

    Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola can change the dynamic of English football.

     

    Xavi, who played under Guardiola for four seasons at the Camp Nou winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in that time, feels the Catalan coach has had a bigger effect on the game than anyone else in the last decade.

    Guardiola left Bayern Munich for City in the summer and guided the English side to 10 wins in his first 10 […]

  • Xavi: Ronaldo, not Messi, is Ballon d’Or favourite

    Xavi: Ronaldo, not Messi, is Ballon d’Or favourite

    The midfielder angered Cristiano with some comments last month, but has now admitted his former Clasico adversary is the one to beat.

    Cristiano Ronaldo may have the edge in this year’s Ballon d’Or race given the trophies he has won, according to former Barcelona star Xavi.

    The Real Madrid forward is expected to be at least among the final three nominees to defend the trophy he last won in 2014, having fired his side to Champions League glory before captaining Portugal to […]

  • Guardiola can win everything with Man City this season – Xavi

    Guardiola can win everything with Man City this season – Xavi

    Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes “there is no reason” Pep Guardiola cannot lead Manchester City to Champions League and Premier League titles this season.

     

    After achieving remarkable success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the Catalan giant joined City this summer charged with the task of securing the club’s place among Europe’s elite and claiming more domestic silverware.

    Guardiola has got off to a great start, leading City to five wins in their first five league games and beating Borussia Monchengladbach in their […]

  • Why Ronaldo was right to respond to disrespectful Xavi

    Why Ronaldo was right to respond to disrespectful Xavi

    The three-time Ballon d’Or winner lashed out at the former Barca midfielder following comments which appeared in the Spanish press but he was perfectly entitled to do so.

    It was perhaps a little disrespectful that Cristiano Ronaldo brought Xavi Hernandez’s lack of individual accolades into the equation when he responded to the Barcelona legend’s mockery of him at the weekend – but he was provoked into doing so.

    “Xavi has not won a single Ballon d’Or and I have won three,” the […]