During the international break, FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández (34), sat down for an interview with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, now a sports writer for the Daily Mail, and a longtime admirer of the diminutive midfield maestro. In it he talked about the team’s dominant era, his evolution as a player and the future.
Barça were surprised by the set up of Man City because they have players whose playing style is more like Barcelona, and thought that they would want to have more of the ball. Xavi said that they were not strictly defensive, but they weren’t going forward either.
He described Pellegrini’s teams as usually attacking, possessive of the ball, opening up the game down the wings and pressing high up, which they didn’t do in the first game. Read more from the interview after the jump.