27 January 2012

[Former player] Edmilson: "Thiago has conditions to be heir to Xavi"

The exblaugrana followed the clásico live on Wednesday, highlighting the great atmosphere we experienced at the Camp Nou.

In the four seasons he played for Barcelona, ​​José Edmílson left good memories in the hobby Blaugrana. Recently retired at 35 years, Brazilian SPORT chatted a while with one of his regular visits to Barcelona.

Did Wednesday's match against Real Madrid?

Yes, I was at the Camp Nou. In the past clásicos, is the most difficult game that has taken Barça. You may also Real Madrid came less pressure than usual and with the 2-0 and saw everything lost. However, reacted in the second part, many people thought that Barca would lose, but in the end everything went well and is in the semifinals.

How is the FC Barcelona from a distance?

Well, not only me, but in Brazil everyone is delighted with this philosophy of work, which makes Guardiola and how the team plays. It also has impressive players like Leo, Xavi, Iniesta ... It is a team that has a game plan and that has been able to join a cracks heap. That's why it works so well.

And Neymar? Do you think this site would Barça?

He is very young and it would be a very good experience for him to come to such a large team, or you could play against great teams and have difficulties not only in the field, but also outside. This could form his character. Brazil has everything, lives at home and everything he does is good, but needs experience in Europe to really know if it is a phenomenon or not.

Now comes the Villarreal-Barcelona, ​​a special game for you ...

Yes, I was very little time at Villarreal (seven months, from July 2008 to January 2009), but I say it's very difficult to win at El Madrigal. In addition, Villarreal is in a difficult situation and can stand up to Barça, particularly by low and tired of the clásico.

What do you miss most of his time at Barça?

Perhaps the environment. The Camp Nou is very special. On Wednesday I was there and the atmosphere in the clásico was awesome. Not only me ... many players realize that they are no longer at Barça. Playing at the Nou Camp with the environment had on Wednesday is unique in life.

Do you see the new generation of La Masia prepared to relieve the Xavi, Puyol, Valdés ...?

I think so. I think Thiago can replace Xavi in ​​the future with your vision and not because it's almost my compatriot. Like his father, Brazilian Thiago has that touch. The Masia is well controlled and secure Guardiola is already working with a youth player when they go to Xavi or Iniesta to take his place. In fact, when he left Touré, Pep Busquets was already prepared. For me, this is the key to a great club.

He works next to Barça with his Foundation

Edmílson Foundation maintains a partnership agreement with FC Barcelona Foundation which expires at the end of the season. Established in 2006, the Foundation focuses on Edmílson most vulnerable children in Brazil who are at risk of social exclusion