Barcelona manager, Xavi has come out to hail Ilkay Gundogan’s impact since he joined the club. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, Gundogan has had a very good start to the season, and he deserves a lot of praise for how he has led his teammates on the pitch.
Xavi added that the German midfielder has adapted easily thus far because he is a priceless footballer.
His words, “He is having a very good start to the season. How he has adapted, his leadership, he gives us ‘pausa’, peace of mind, all the balls that pass through him, they improve… he is a priceless footballer. He gives peace of mind, tempo.”
Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça, is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, that competes in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.
Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Catalan, German, and English footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto “Més que un club” (“More than a club”). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona.
There is often a fierce rivalry between the two strongest teams in a national league, and this is particularly the case in La Liga, where the game between Barcelona and Real Madrid is known as “The Classic” (El Clásico).
From the start of national competitions the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival regions in Spain: Catalonia and Castile, as well as of the two cities. The rivalry reflects what many regard as the political and cultural tensions felt between Catalans and the Castilians, seen by one author as a re-enactment of the Spanish Civil War. Over the years, the head-to-head record between the two clubs is 102 victories for Madrid, 100 victories for Barcelona, and 52 draws.
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