Xavi's defence of Spain coach Luis Enrique

The former Barca midfielder backed his prior coach at Camp Nou

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Sergi Capdevila

It has almost become a matter of state. Spain coach Luis Enrique has been heavily criticised for his squad composition for the Euros and for not including Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.

However Xavi Hernandez, speaking in Barcelona, backed him.

“For me, Luis Enrique is an extraordinary coach, a winner. I see a very competitive Spanish national team, candidates for the Euros. There’s a very good team. Maybe I’d not have them among the favourites, but they could go far,” said Xavi, who played under Luis Enrique at Barca before leaving in 2015.

“I think Sergio Busquets is essential for Spain, he’s showed that. He’s been playing at an excellent level for many years. So it’s the coach’s decision but I think he deserves them waiting for him (to recover from Covid).

On the Ramos topic, Xavi added: “I think he was very clear. Ramos has played four or five games in the last six months and Luis Enrique’s side play a very physical game.”

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