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Xavi’s passing game suited to Barcelona and not Real Madrid

| 02.11.2010

Xavi has revealed that he does not believe he would have the same influential impact that he currently has at Barcelona if he moved to La Liga title rivals Real Madrid.

A vast amount of the strong passing that takes place at the Nou Camp comes through Xavi as he has an uncanny ability to retain possession and provide the killer balls that allow the likes of David Villa and Lionel Messi to thrive.

However, he does not believe that he would be able to display the same playmaking and technical attributes at Real Madrid because of the differences in the style of play between the two teams.

He said: “I depend on my team-mates. My football and my passing would be worthless without my team’s help.

“Sometimes I start thinking and I look at Madrid for example, who have truly great players, but I’d struggle with them.

“They play through the middle and I need players who open the play down the flanks, who make diagonal runs, who leave space for me in the centre and who never stop moving.”

Xavi also has a unique understanding with Spanish teammate Andres Iniesta, with the pair displaying supreme ball retention skills and the ability to unlock defences.

Barcelona will need the duo to be at their best for the remainder of the season as the Catalan club seem set to be involved in a head-to-head battle with Real Madrid for La Liga honours.

After nine games of the season Real Madrid lead by a point, but it is Barcelona who are the favourites to win La Liga at 5/6.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid are 10/11 and are not short of playmakers and game winners themselves through the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria.

The La Liga title race is widely seen to be between the two Spanish giants, with Valencia and Villarreal the next best in the betting at 50/1. See the full La Liga winners betting odds market.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.