‘Martino reminds me of Aragones’

Xavi Hernandez has reflected on how he sees similarities in style between Barcelona Coach Tata Martino and former Spain boss Luis Aragones.

The midfielder worked for four years under Aragones at international level, culminating in the 2008 European Championship win and sees his current Barca Coach as of a similar type.

“I like his style of football, he reminds me of Luis Aragones,” considered Xavi to BeInSport this week.

“He is very football-focused, talks to you face-to-face. He has understood the system and style of play of Barcelona.

“He consults a lot with the players of Barcelona who have been here for a long tie. He is very close to the players and is a winner.

“He has had success in Argentina and is well respected there. This helps him a lot at Barca.”

The 33-year-old reflected also on his career at the Camp Nou, which is set to run for three more years at least, after a contract extension this year to June 2016.

“I have had the opportunity, several times, to leave the club for different motivations. But I have always decided to stay for my feelings.

“I am very Barca and the final decision was always mostly for the passion and sentimentality.”

Xavi was asked for his take on Neymar’s early work with the Catalans.

“There is no surprise with Neymar. He looks to be a spectacular player, able to make the difference. He is proving decisive on many occasions, thanks to his goals, his passing, his dribbling…

“He has demonstrated his level. We already saw it at the Confederations Cup. There is even more to come, too.”

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