Browsing Xavi Hernandez

FC Barcelona – Gerardo Martino Needs Neymar to be Like Lionel Messi

Posted on 2 Dec, 2013, by in Soccer

People are so used to see Barcelona win every match, that every loss, not to mention consecutive defeats, is a source for talks about crisis and falling apart. Like it or not, the Lionel Messi injury is something extremely difficult to deal with, even for a team filled with game changers like Barcelona. Neymar isn’t the kind of player who does things on his own, and that means Gerardo Martino needs to find real tactical answers before the situation gets out of hand. More

FC Barcelona – Lionel Messi Makes Everyone Better

Posted on 14 Oct, 2013, by in Soccer

The Zlatan Ibrahimovic autobiography keeps creating shock waves, including taking obvious personal shots at Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi. While the manager has his Bayern Munich bosses to defend him, it seems the Barcelona star has Xavi doing his protection services. More

FC Barcelona – Lionel Messi Could Use the Rest

Posted on 29 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

For now, crisis is averted. Lionel Messi is injured, but not for long. Still, Barcelona being able to comfortably build on his opening goal and actually extend the lead without having the use of Neymar is a promising signs for the times when both of them aren’t available. More

FC Barcelona – Andres Iniesta is the Future of the Midfield

Posted on 27 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

Preparing for the day that Xavi can no longer do what he’s been doing so well for the past six-seven seasons, Barcelona have two players ready to take his place and “rule” in the middle without him: Andres Iniesta, and to a lesser degree, or simply different, Cesc Fabregas. More

FC Barcelona – Cesc Fabregas & The Year He Ends the Doubts

Posted on 9 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

While Cesc Fabregas will never be dominant for Barcelona as he was in the Premier League, he is proving time and time again that at almost any role given to him, including the one Xavi has held on to for the last seven seasons, he’ll do extremely well, and doesn’t deserve the criticism he’s gotten from every corner over the last two years. More

FC Barcelona – Neymar Will Make Lionel Messi a Better Player

Posted on 1 Aug, 2013, by in Soccer

The most interesting aspect about the duo formed in the Barcelona attack with the arrival of Neymar is how will it affect Lionel Messi; as a galvanizing effect, pushing the Argentine to new heights, if that’s even possible, or actually become something that holds him back and limits his ability and influence on the pitch? More

Andres Iniesta Will be the Most Important in the Lionel Messi – Neymar Era

Posted on 2 Jun, 2013, by in Soccer

Next season, some of these conclusions will start being answered. The most interesting of them? Not seeing Neymar playing next to Lionel Messi, as mouth-watering as that prospect sounds. It’ll be exciting to watch, or at least wait for, but the most important change Barcelona have to look forward to is Andres Iniesta, the European footballer of the year not too long ago, moving more and more to the middle, and slowly pushing Xavi out of the lineup. More

FC Barcelona – Keeping Xavi Forever

Posted on 26 Sep, 2012, by in Soccer

After more than 600 matches, it’s only natural that Xavi signs one more contract that promises he’ll end his career with Barcelona, the only club he’s ever played for, unless you count the B team during his first few years as a footballer. More

FC Barcelona – Cesc Fabregas Finding His Place

Posted on 11 Sep, 2012, by in Soccer

Contrary to popular belief, Cesc Fabregas played quite a lot for Barcelona last season. He featured in 28 league matches and 48 all together, scoring 15 goals and adding 20 assists. Not bad for a player who always feels left out due to the presence of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. More

Xavi With Some Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid Trash Talk

Posted on 8 Jun, 2012, by in Soccer

Xavi seems to be talking a lot as Spain prepare for Euro 2012 – On Real Madrid players after losses, on Jose Mourinho and the comparison with Pep Guardiola, and of course on how Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, better than Cristiano Ronaldo. More