Mourinho's ideals won't work at Barcelona: Xavi

Xavi, who has won every major trophy in his club and country career, also said that Real defender Pepe's comments on Barca players' theatrics were nonsense.

FP Sports October 15, 2012 22:04:32 IST
Mourinho's ideals won't work at Barcelona: Xavi

Barcelona midfield genius Xavi Hernandez respects Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho but maintains that the Special One's approach to the game wouldn't work at Barcelona.

"Mourinho believed in the Barcelona philosophy; he even came to train Barcelona B. But now he plays a different type of football. We respect him completely, but he wouldn't suit the Barça ideal. He wants to win above all else and you have to respect that, but at Barcelona that wouldn't work. We prioritize the Barça philosophy and he prioritises winning," he was quoted as saying in this AS report.

Mourinhos ideals wont work at Barcelona Xavi

Xavi is central to Barcelona's success. Reuters

But he did say that Mourinho "will win a lot" with that sort of tactic but will not make history with it.

Xavi, who has won every major trophy in his club and country career, also said that Real defender Pepe's comments on Barca players' theatrics were nonsense.

"It doesn't sit well with me because it was a spectacular clásico and it seems like you're focusing more attention on Pepe's drama that the match itself. The words are out of place, it's nonsense and it doesn't do any good."

Xavi also backed Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or and reiterated that he has never wished to win the award: "When I was a kid my dream wasn't to win the Ballon d'Or. Anyway, there's a player who's above everyone else: Messi. He makes the difference, and he's on another level. I have the recognition of everyone and it's done my career justice. I can't ask for more. I don't have a big desire to win the Ballon d'Or", he concluded.

Read the full report here.

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