Barcelona Legend Xavi Recalls the Night Anfield Left Him ‘Speechless’

Barcelona Legend Xavi Recalls the Night Anfield Left Him ‘Speechless’

Few footballers in the modern era have a CV that stacks up alongside Xavi’s, and when the Barcelona legend speaks about football, his opinions deserve respect.

The World Cup and serial Champions League winner has been taking a stroll down memory lane as his career enters its winter – and reflecting on the night that the Anfield crowd left him speechless.

The midfielder, now 36 and seeing out his playing career with Qatari club Al Sadd, was part of several different Barca teams that made the trip to England to take on Liverpool across the early 2000s, but the atmosphere from one particular night stands out above all the others.

The Catalan club took on the Reds in the group stages of the Champions League in November 2001, winning 3-1, and speaking in the latest issue of FourFourTwo magazine, via the Liverpool Echo, Xavi said of the night: “The fans remained for the whole game and never stopped applauding their team. I couldn’t believe it. I was speechless.”

“English football has always been in Spain’s retina. England breathes football in a way Spain doesn’t. In England, a footballer is like a god.”

He’s played against every big club on the continent, and graced just about every major stadium the world has to offer, but Anfield is reserved for special praise. Big words from a genuine football great.

Liverpool fans – what do you think of Xavi’s comments? Were you at the game?

Let us know in the comments section below…

More in Football

6 Best Youth Football Academies with Historical Roots That Have Managed to Pass the Test of Time

Jonny BoyleNovember 26, 2020

Jamie Young’s Journey To The Top

Jonny BoyleNovember 18, 2020

Why AC Milan Visit is a Significant Point in Celtic’s Season

Jonny BoyleOctober 22, 2020

Why Scotland Has a Chance of Best Representation in Europe For Years

Jonny BoyleSeptember 24, 2020

Are Chelsea Now Title Contenders With New Signings?

Jonny BoyleSeptember 10, 2020

Why We Should All Be Excited About Leeds United’s Premier League Return

Jonny BoyleSeptember 8, 2020

Serie A: Gian Piero Gasperini Has Turned Atalanta into One of the Most Entertaining Sides in Europe

Jonny BoyleAugust 19, 2020

Remembering the Underrated Genius of Diego Milito

Jonny BoyleAugust 17, 2020

Why Rangers Have to Take Advantage of Celtic Lay-Off

Jonny BoyleAugust 13, 2020