Samuel Eto’o and Xavi had an open conversation on Instagram, where thay discussed about “roadto2022es’ and also shared some challenges he is facing as a coach.
Xavi, the coach of Al Sadd, chatted with Samuel Etoo on Instagram. They reviewed their experiences together, they talked about the football they like, the teams they faced, and Terrassa’s explained his dream of being able to bring Messi and Neymar together at the Camp Nou.
These are his main reflections:
Philosophy : “ I like teams that do not speculate. That dominate the parties. I understand soccer as a spectacle. My proposal is to always play attack. I want possession, to have the ball, to be protagonists in the game ”.
Real Madrid game : “ Real Madrid applies a mixed game. It can defend you in low block and press high. It is always a very competitive team. It’s strange what happened to him last year. He is the historical rival of Barcelona ”.
Football dominance : “ The 2-6 at the Bernabéu was a magical time. We were superior to Real Madrid. We went to the Bernabéu knowing that we could beat them well. But other times we suffered a lot because they were superior.
We have experienced screwed up stages against Real Madrid, with Zidane and Ronaldo in full splendor. ”
You beat Madrid : “I remember you were very heavy the week of Real Madrid. Since Monday you already warmed my head. You only lived to screw Real Madrid. ‘Maki, always look at me, I’ll be unchecked,’ you told me every day . ”
Neymar : “ Soccer is one of the three or five best in the world. Hopefully he will return to Barça. I’ve had it as a partner. It would add up a lot. Positive character. It would be an extraordinary signing to make a difference ”.
Barcelona offer : “ In January it was not the time. We were in talks with Abidal and Oscar Grau. I had a very important proposal, but I needed a little more experience. Training Barça are bigger words. I want to be there and my dream is to train at Barça ”.
Messi : “ He still has five or six years left. He takes great care of himself. I see him playing another World Cup. I am sure of that. Training Messi would be a plus, we are talking about the best player of all time ”.
Live games as a coach : “You suffer twice as much. I suffer a lot when we don’t have the ball. The most important thing is to have footballers who are leaders and with confidence and with staff who are loyal and read your same language. ”
Experience : “Barcelona is a plus to work there. Understanding how the footballer works and what he thinks, that is the most important thing to lead a group ”
Forwards for Barça : “With spaces Mané and Aubemayang they kill you with spaces, but Barcelona needs players who know how to move in short spaces. I am already thinking about players who would adapt to Barça and it is not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect, as Luis Suárez is now.