Xavi Hernandez has accused Real Madrid of “misunderstanding” Iker Casillas and reflected on Barcelona’s “non-negotiable” style of play.
In an interview with Jorge Valdano, a former Madrid player, Coach and sporting director, now a presenter for BeIN Sports, Xavi felt the goalkeeper was given a raw deal by Los Blancos, especially in light of the goalkeeper’s famous call to the midfielder and Carles Puyol after a controversial run of Clasicos and his exile under Jose Mourinho.
“Iker Casillas was misunderstood by Real Madrid,” the Al Sadd veteran said.
“Even the call he made for the good of everyone, he was misinterpreted by madridismo [Madrid fans] or rather by ‘mourinhismo’ [referring to Mourinho].
“[On Barca’s style of play], Barca fans no longer understand other ways of playing, only that [Barca] are in control and create 15 or 20 chances per game.
“The fans don’t understand [other styles] anymore. To me, it’s now non-negotiable.”