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Sevilla manager says Barcelona’s ‘real problem’ is not Xavi, but Real Madrid

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Sevilla manager Quique Sanchez Flores shared his thoughts on the challenges faced by Barcelona this season, making it clear that the issues the team encountered were not due to Xavi, their coach. 

Instead, he believes the main obstacle for Barcelona has been the intense competition posed by their long-time rivals, Real Madrid.

During what would be his last press conference as the manager of Sevilla, Quique took the time to express his admiration for Xavi. 

He described Xavi as a person of great integrity, someone who speaks his mind and is sincere about his feelings and thoughts. 

According to him, Xavi’s honesty is one of his standout qualities as he does not shy away from saying what he believes, regardless of the situation.

“I think he is an honest guy who says what he thinks and what he feels, he does not hold anything back,” said the Sevilla manager as quoted by MARCA.

“Barcelona have a big problem and it is not Xavi, it is Real Madrid.

“I say these kinds of things to Xavi, as I do to anyone who meets him in the street. We say it to each other and calmly,” he added.

A perfect season for Real Madrid

Real Madrid are having a perfect season. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

In contrast to Barcelona, Real Madrid are having an outstanding season. They finished the league with an impressive 95 points, achieved through 29 victories.

Additionally, Real Madrid set a club record by keeping 22 clean sheets throughout the league season, a testament to their strong defence.

Under the watchful eye of Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid have already secured the league title and the Spanish Super Cup this season. Now, they are preparing for the UEFA Champions League final, where they will face Borussia Dortmund.

If Real Madrid win, it will be their 15th European title, further solidifying their dominance in both domestic and European football.

All signs indicate that Madrid will be the favourites in the upcoming final. A victory would complete another remarkable season for the club, adding yet another chapter to their storied history as champions of both the league and Europe.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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