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The Spoiler is TOTALLY in love with Xavi

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QUICK! It’s Valentine’s Day on Monday – if you don’t send your cards today they’ll never get there in time. Your ‘loved one’ will become just a ‘one’ and you’ll spend the rest of your life alone. For the love of God, get to Hallmark and send a card – DO IT! NOW!

The Spoiler was reminded of this fact not because of our own failings in the world of romance – our table at Nando’s was booked weeks ago – but because we’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with gorgeous Barcelona playmaker Xavi.

There is an absolutely excellent interview with the dreamboat on today’s Guardian website that is well worth checking out. The exclamation mark key on Sid Lowe’s computer must be in bits, after the lovely Xavi raved about everything from Barca’s 5-0 win over Real Madrid to – unsurprisingly enough – Cesc Fabregas.

Here are two tiny highlights (swoon)…

Has English football suffered because it embraces a different footballing culture?

“It has changed; the style’s a bit more technical. But before it was direct, it was about the second ball, the typical No9 was a Crouch or a Heskey and there was no football. Carragher, boom, up top; Terry, boom, up top. I think it’s changing: Barry, Lampard, Gerrard, Carrick … they are players who treat the ball well. You see them now and think, Christ, they are trying to play.”

Is Paul Scholes the English Xavi?

“[Xavi interrupts, almost bursting with enthusiasm] Paul Scholes! A role model. For me – and I really mean this – he’s the best central midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15, 20 years. I’ve spoken to Xabi Alonso about him. He’s spectacular, he has it all: the last pass, goals, he’s strong, he doesn’t lose the ball, vision. If he’d been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him.”

The excellent full interview can be read and enjoyed here


4 responses so far
  • Avram Magic // February 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love his enthusiasm but felt the barbs at the likes of Capello, Inter and Paraguay were unprovoked and unnecessary and implied a sense of superiority that while perhaps justified is a touch unappealing. Am sure I’m in the minority though!

  • Varun // February 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    @ Avram
    When the sense of footballing superiority is as it is, not commenting can be considered snobbish and “i am too good for your ass, so no comment” type of reaction

  • blitzen // February 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    The fact is, Avram, that Xavi is superior. They aren’t barbs, he just tells the truth as he sees it.

  • Ricky // February 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Paul scholes must be the most universally respected proffesional footballer today. Never heard the a bad word said about him. Except for his tacking but no ones perfect you know

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