It is always a pleasure to listen to defensive midfielder turned centre back Javier Mascherano speak to the press. This time, the Argentine gave an interview to Diari Ara (the original can be found here). After the jump is a video with some of the best moments from the interview (please press “cc” to see subtitles).
Meanwhile, Sport posted (the original can be found here) Mascherano’s stats over the 2011-12 season. He played 4,405 minutes, more than any other central defender at Barça; 51 of 63 games, 45 of them in central defense. Apart from his natural ability to talk to the press, Mascherano has shown great quality, immense talent, lots of character (the “little Boss” nickname he brought from Argentina is well deserved) and a rare virtue in football: versatility. He has captivated his team mates, his coach and fans with those qualities, being more evident this season than ever before.
So, if Pep once said Mascherano was one of those players who gave his coaching profession a meaning, Javier has proven to be one of those players, not many, that give footballing profession a meaning.
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