09 February 2012

Xavi equals his record scorer

As in the 2008-2009 season and Valencia adds to his other illustrious victims: Milan, Madrid and Santos.

In the prior, to Pep asked what he was going to ask Xavi in his return to the team. Distilling irony, the technician said that "three goals and three assists." It signed a hat trick but had the role that all longed for his enormous talent. Scored the goal that ruled and closed the semifinals of the Cup and uncorked the joy in the stands of Camp Nou . Somewhat stylish, the square and with sufficient precision to eliminate all suffering.

Some discomfort in the soleus muscle prevented him from being in the starting lineup in the first leg Cup was played in Mestalla and the League against Real Sociedad. His absence coincided with Barca away from their excellence, without the precision of touch. Was on the bench but the coach declined to give more minutes. "Xavi needs to stop," he explained. And the rest has done well to charge the batteries. Without showing its best, its presence in the field, his pauses, his vision and intelligence gave the script required. So crucial was his both Diego Alves match your particular record is signed scorer in the 2008-2009 campaign. At the Pep debut with the first team, that of Terrassa reached 10 goals, surpassing those achieved in a previous year Rijkaard. A total of six in the league, one in the Champions League, one in the Club World Cup and two King's Cup, yesterday and he signed with l'Hospitalet in that win (9-0). It was also, curiously, as a result of Cesc assistance, both in the Camp Nou . Opposite the Valencia , the Arenys are conjured a brilliant pass, a precise touch, marinated in a unique delicacy.

But it is also a world record scoring of quality. Xavi scored in matches high caliber, including Milan at San Siro in that magnificent 2-3, in 1-3 to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the league and the 4-0 to Santos in the final of Club World Cup in Japan. Given that also marked the end of 2009 precisely to Athletic Bilbao, Copa del Rey seems to be tailor-made.

And like basketball, Xavi also boasts a double-double. Ten goals and ten assists, it also carries a bunch. The Barça is supported by a Xavi who is central to Pep in this adventure of four years and 13 of 16 possible titles. Has started, no less, that in 173 of 223 total matches played matches. This season has only lost eight of 40. (via MD)