Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has spoken about who he thinks will win the Champions League this season, and noted that there are four sides who could possibly win the competition.
However, he makes the point that as we’ve seen in other years, there are outsiders who can spring a shock and end up winning the trophy, with the likes of Liverpool and Juventus also sides who are more than capable of winning games and scoring goals on their day.
In terms of the biggest competition of all, the World Cup, he thinks that the usual suspects will be there or there abouts, and said he wants Spain to lift the trophy come the end of the tournament.
He was speaking to Goal and said:“I think we have four favourites. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
“The rest of the teams are a step down. But we will see. With the Champions League we never know what will happen.
“Argentina, with Messi, are one of the favourites to win the World Cup. Germany, Brazil with Neymar, Spain – I hope that they can win it. But there are many, many favourites to win this competition.
Xavi also had some words about Andres Iniesta, who he of course played with for years and he noted that the Spaniard is one of his best friends on and off the field.
He noted that it’s never easy at Barcelona, and that’s why the likes of Arda Turan failed, but when it comes to Iniesta, he could play on for as long as he wants and is still right at the top of the game and deserves the absolute best.
“Whatever he [Iniesta] decides I will be happy for him, he deserves the best. He’s one of my best friends in world football and he deserves the best. Whatever he decides will be good.
“It [why Arda didn’t make the grade at Barca] depends on his confidence. Sometimes Arda needed time to do well at Barcelona. But in Barcelona sometimes you don’t have time.
“You have to compete well from the first moment that you play. So it’s not easy at Barcelona.”