Xavi praise for Guardiola
Xavi believes Pep Guardiola's enthusiasm and attention to detail are behind the team's superlative form.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 03/02/09 3:53pm
Xavi has heaped praise on Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and believes that his enthusiasm and attention to detail are behind the team's superlative form this season.
The Catalan playmaker is delighted to be learning from the man that many see as his predecessor as the brains in the Blaugrana team and is inspired by the trainer.
Barca are 12 points clear at the top of the league and still going well in Europe and the Copa del Rey and Xavi has no doubts about why it has all clicked into place.
"Guardiola transmits his passion and is so enthusiastic. If he believes something is white and you think it is black, you will end up believing that it is white," he told Spanish news agency EFE.
"He is a very intelligent person and I think that that is his secret. It is how he convinces and motivates you and treats the best players in the team.
"I am passionate about him, he has always been my reference. He always says that 'if you think about the club first then you will not make any mistakes'.
"He is very meticulous, a perfectionist and he sees the game like nobody else. He can tell you two things, a couple of details and he need not say anything more all week.
"We now battle back in games. Like against Racing, for example, last season we would have lost that for sure. But now the team has great professionalism and commitment.
"The work that we do without the ball and the studying of the opposition is necessary because nowadays you cannot just wait and see, because otherwise you will be caught out.
"There is also a lot of injury prevention treatment and the coaching staff are very strict about the diet. We have a physiologist and things are better than ever."
After winning the Champions League and domestic title in the 2006, Xavi believes that things went slightly awry at Camp Nou and that was why the team did not build on those triumphs.
"I think people were allowed to do what they liked a bit because the team had already won things," he added.