They saw Xavi too -- or could have sworn they did -- on Wednesday night when Barcelona played Tottenham at the stadium where they won their first European Cup in and their finest 19 years later, the purist expression of an identity.
Familiarity grew with every minute until there was a moment it really registered: Arthur turned right around and Victor Wanyama followed him through the full circle, but was destined to never get there, the ball always blocked by the Brazilian midfielder's body. It's him, it's really him, they thought.
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The reaction to this revelation was almost nostalgic, as well as needy, like they were trying to reach for something, someone, who had gone. It might not be helpful, but it could not be helped. The movement, the inclination of the body, even its shape: a centimetre taller, three kilos heavier, but not so different. The positioning and awareness, when to stop the ball, when to let it go by, which pass to play, the willingness to wait for it, to resist in the meantime, the 68 passes completed of 75 attempts.
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And that turn; that was Xavi. Round he goes until the opponent has gone, wriggling free as passing avenues open. Right there, they saw him, wearing No. They were not the first to do so; Messi had before. Then there is this: "He's a footballer who is perfectly adaptable to Barcelona, he has what we call the Barcelona DNA, that technical quality, the talent necessary to be a success. In terms of his qualities, I don't have any doubt that he could be a great player for Barca.
He has all the qualities you need for that. Who said it, also in the summer? Xavi himself; not just the midfielder at the heart of that Barcelona team, but a kind of ideologue and defender of a footballing faith, protecting and projecting a very particular view of what the game -- Barcelona's game -- should be. He has the style they have always looked for at this club.
Former sporting director Robert Fernandez insists that, to play for Barcelona, "you have to know how to use your neck to look all around you," adding that it was essential to master the control orientado moving as you control the ball rather than after you've controlled it. The words are reminiscent of comments from Xavi in February , when he not so much answered questions as delivered a manifesto, leaping to his feet to demonstrate, shuffling his body round, an invisible ball at his feet, head swinging from side to side.
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