Outmuscle them in the middle

Xavi and Iniesta have for so long been the pass masters of European football; the Barcelona game grounded in this pair’s ability to make that defence splitting final third pass. I don’t doubt their continued technical ability, but at the age of 34 Xavi is starting to show the signs of age. Still with the quickness of though to unlock a defence, but perhaps now without the stamina to cope with Man City’s intimidating midfield. If the likes of Toure and Garcia can really press and harry Barcelona, there is a definite chance they can make mistakes in the middle of the park, something that City can capitalise on.


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