Real Madrid midfielder Xavi Hernandez was talking to El Mundo Deportivo about the El Clasico matches between the Spanish giants.
He answered several questions. Some of which are :
If you were to have a dinner appointment, who would you choose to go out with, Mourinho or Cristiano Ronaldo?
To have a talk about football… of the two… perhaps Mourinho. He has a lot more experience.
Player that you have had to struggle to cover.
Zidane. He was just spectacular. He showed you the ball and you thought you could steal it from him, but then he switched it to his other foot. He’s was the 90’s and early 2000 best player.
Player that frustrates you the most.
Makelele. He was very resilient. When you saw him approaching, you thought: “this guy is going to nick it from me”. As did Redondo.
The goal you will never ever forget.
In the Bernabeu [2004-05], and what that goal meant. In the last minute, and it was the push that cemented the end of an era.
Best advice you received before a Clasico.
That of Guardiola’s: “Enjoy ourselves but don’t abandon our philosophy.”
A Clasico is comparable to a…
An orgasm when you win (laughing). It’s like gambling your [hard-earned] money in the casino. If you win, your heart skips a beat, but if you lose…
If you are to decide, who would you sign from Madrid?
My two friends, Iker and Xabi Alonso. But only to add to the squad, because neither can be better than what we already have here.
A Madrid player that you admired the most.
Raul, by far. I still have a good relationship with him. And Hierro too, who would be my choice for a captain. He is an incredible person even if the image that he transmitted does not correspond with reality. Over here, they loathed him a lot.