"On Arsenal's field, they scored a fantastic counterattack goal. Before it was impossible to do so in Barça"
From Qatar, Xavi Hernández said he is excited about the level of FC Barcelona and he believes that Luis Enrique's team is favorite to win the treble again. The midfielder talked about the evolution of Barça in the last years. He did so during an event together with Moto GP driver Valentino Rossi, as this weekend the championship begins in Qatar.
The current Barça
"FC Barcelona are in a spectacular level. I watched both matches against Arsenal. I think they are the favorites to win the treble again. We know that in Champions League you can be knocked-out, but right now they are above the others."
"I always want Barça to have good results. I really enjoy watching them because they never leave spaces to the opponent in defense or attack. It's a spectacle to watch them play. However, winning everything or not, it doesn't only depend on them."
Change of style
"Before, it was more difficult to counterattack. Now they can defend in the own field and the strikers run in an incredible speed. They dominate more aspects of the game. Maybe they don't have as much possession as before, but the three forwards doesn't need 30 or 40 passes to attack."
"On Arsenal's field, they scored a fantastic counterattack goal. Before it was impossible to do so in Barça."
"I feel part of Barça. I'm really happy for Luis Enrique, the players, the staff..."
"Guardiola's Barça had a really concrete style, more closed, and now they are opening to other styles like the counterattack."