Barça legend Xavi recently told in an interview that even though he believes that his former club Barcelona will win the league, currently they are not favorites in the Champions League.
“The Champions League can be a bit unfair sometimes because one mistake can send you home. I see Barcelona as a candidate, but not as a favourite.”, said the former midfielder.
“I see Barcelona as the favourites for the league. I think they are stronger than Madrid.”, he added.
Xavi also repeated himself saying that his dream is to coach Barcelona.
“I have always said that my dream is to coach Barcelona, but it is not possible currently. I am in the learning phase right now. I want to go step by step. I have a lot of respect for people who work there [at Barcelona], especially Quique Setién, who is a wonderful coach and is going to do very well with Barça.”, the 40-year-old explained.
Xavi finished his words explaining that he is still talking to his former team-mates often.
“Messi, Busquets, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto are my friends. I talk to them and stay in touch.”
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.