Thursday, December 8

‘Super duel’ of brains in Riyadh

Xavi Hernndez went, along with Leo Messi y Andrs Iniesta, under the baton especially of Pep Guardiola, a recurring figure in the nightmares of Madrid, who suffered the strength of Bara in the change between the first and second decades of the XXI century, which was still valid until 2015, when Luis Enrique’s team won the fifth orejona of the Catalan club in the final against the Juventus.

In reality, Madrid had started the resistance some time ago, in the hardest years of Guardiolismo, with that 2011 Cup and the Mourinho Records League (2012). But Madrid lacked exporting its success to the Champions League, and achieved it after passing over the Bayern of Guardiola in 2014. A year later, the Bara, always with Xavi as metronomo, break the imperial cycle of Madrid in the Champions League, which will be relaunched in the 15-16, the first course in which Madrid joined Modric (arrived at the club in 2012), Toni Kroos (2014) and casemiro, who returned that summer from Porto to lay the foundations for a medullary that, since then, has become legendary in Madrid, and that remains in force in the white club despite the passage of time, which its three protagonists continue to dribble skillfully.

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Xavi, for his part, decided to leave the elite after winning that Champions League of the 14-15 in Berln. It was his seventeenth year in the Bara’s first team, with which he conquered 25 ttulos who joined his achievements with the selection, with the 2010 World Cup as the peak of his international career and two European Cups (2008 and 2012) to shape an almost unmatched trajectory. The Catalan sought a respite in football Qatar, where he rushed his football days and began the transition to the benches, waiting for a leap that circumstances in Barcelona, ​​his home since the age of alevn, perhaps it has precipitated in time.

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Xavi, a master when it comes to marking the weather of the matches both in Bara and in the national team, tomorrow he will face a huge challenge as a coach. His idea of ​​the game will be threatened by the strength of the trident Madridista, who arrives at the event in a splendid moment, recognized by rivals, critics, the public and colleagues. “If all three play like this, we won’t lose many games“, He said vinicius in the mixed zone of the Bernabu after the victory against Valencia, with another display of the two white brains and a frank improvement of casemiro, a less gifted footballer but essential to give strength to the Madrid column.

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Xavi live a new experience as a coach, but in his time as a player he has a great career in classics. Madrid was measured 42 times, more than any other rival, with a positive balance of 17 wins, 12 draws and 13 losses.. He was not yet on the bench in the first duel of the course between Madrid and Catalans, which ended with a 1-2 in favor of Madrid at the Camp Nou with Bara still lowered the baton of Ronald Koeman. Just two weeks later, Xavi took over from the Dutch technician.

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