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31.10.2010 14:27

Xavi: “I felt nearly 100%”

Anna Segura

Speaking after training this morning, Xavi explained that he’d come off against Seville feeling: “very happy” with his tendons and with a tough November ahead, that he was: “optimistic about taking part in every game”.

After missing the games against Zaragoza and Ceuta, Xavi was back in the starting line up against Seville and reckons: “I felt fine – I was very happy”, and even believes he could have got through the whole 90 minutes if needed.

2010-10-30_PARTIDO_01.JPGAlthough he admitted there is still some pain in his ankle, after the win over Seville the World Cup winner insisted: “I felt nearly 100% and I hope to be available for every game – we’ll have to see how the injury progresses”.

“We needed a game like that”

2010-10-31_ENTRENO_88.JPGXavi was also well aware of what the big win can do for team spirit and the fans’ view of the team: “we needed a game like that at home – we saw the Barça that everybody wants”. Dismissing the doubts that surrounded the team at the start of the campaign, Xavi was adamant: “we are at a very high level, just like we were in other seasons. The only difference has been that we haven’t had a result like this so far, we have tended to go for the result rather than the performance”.


2010-10-31_ENTRENO_76.JPGThe squad fly off to Copenhagen on Monday and Xavi is well aware that a win on Tuesday could virtually ensure classification. “that would mean we could rest some players , but it won’t be easy to beat Copenhagen”.

FIFA award

Xavi is one of the favourites for the FIFA Balon D’or award and although he accepted: “it’s an honour to be nominated”, he insisted” the best player now and over the last few years has been Leo Messi . He’s a level above the rest of us”.
Xavi: “I felt nearly 100%”

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Pinto, Mourinho and Villa
Xavi fielded questions about Pinto, Mourinho and Villa, firstly expressing his conviction that the keeper had been unlucky to be handed a two match suspension: “what happens on the pitch should stay on the pitch”. As to the Real Madrid boss, Xavi insisted: “we are not going to get into a slanging match. Our only war is on the pitch”.

Finally, with Villa’s brace against Seville calming everybody’s nerves, Xavi made it clear that: “he’s looking fine. All he needed was the goals he got against Seville; he’s been participating and creating chances for us all season”.

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