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Submitted by no_more_heroes 1185d ago | article

Xavi files a complaint to UEFA about anti-football ruining the Champions League


Barcelona eked out a 2-1 win against Celtic at the Camp Nou in their first Champions League meeting despite maintaining 82 percent of possession. Just before the second meeting, Xavi proclaimed, "People rightly consider that Celtic use an anti-football system, but Chelsea have done the same and they are now champions of Europe." Celtic then beat Barcelona 2-1 even though Barca improved to 84 percent of possession. The shock and horror of that result is not sitting well with Xavi. (Barcelona, Celtic, Culture, UEFA Champions League, xavi)

karim  +   1186d ago
"But now the putrid disease known on the streets as "defending". You just have to love Dirty Tackle
badz149  +   1185d ago
now defending from goal onslaught is anti-football?? Barca is such a whiny b***h!

what's the point of attacking if you know statistically you can't win? who in their serious mind would think that teams the likes of Celtic could beat Barca heads-on playing offensively? no one! Celtic defended great and take the few chances they had and won! of course the loosing side and their fans will whine and come out with "anti-football" statement but I don't see any Celtic fans complaining! their team won and they are sure as hell enjoying and celebrating the game as it is!
vulcanproject  +   1184d ago
Facepalm at all the people who are taking this article seriously
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The_Klank  +   1184d ago
Haha my thoughts exactly.
karim  +   1184d ago
It's really obvious this is a satirical article..I guess people didn't even bother checking the whole article
crazyturkey  +   1186d ago
If the tackles, marking and the like are fair, done well and without the intention to hurt the players it should be fine. No matter how frustrating it maybe be too the other team, that is called defending and if they scored on your team, that means your team is not doing it that well.
Gamer1982  +   1185d ago
So let me get this right hes complaining to UEFA over a choice of tactic? As that's what it is its a tactic it's not the other teams fault teams like Barca can only play in 1 system it's there own fault and he should stop being a cry baby and grow up.
Corepred4  +   1185d ago
Xavi has always been an annoying crybaby. Always the one talking to the papers or whoever. I can't believe he's crying about this. Celtic won fairly and he can't take it, even though most likely they'll come back and beat Celtic. I think Xavi is just mad that teams like chelsea and celtic are exploiting them. No one has filed a complaint on Barca passing the ball like 400 times between each of their defenders have they?
yezz  +   1185d ago
I just think that the reason Xavi is saying this is because Barca has a philosophy of controlling and entertaining football and he doesn't want football to get super defensive..

I understand that smaller teams like Celtic use the "parking the bus" tactic but big teams like Chelsea and Inter few years ago who had huge stars are just standing infront of their goal is not good for this sport..
Blackdeath_663  +   1185d ago
there is nothing wrong with a whole team sitting in defence as they will not be able to score against you however celtic have scored 2 goals you can't complain about your own team's shortcoming. the aim of football is to score more goals than your opponent and celtic have done just that. anit-football is a term created but butthurt barca fans.
Nes_Daze  +   1185d ago
Sure it's not fun to watch a team sit back and defend, but it's fair game, bigger teams, superior teams, need to find a way to counter that.
KingPin  +   1184d ago
is he being serious?

well what does he expect. when any team plays them they only have 20% ball possession and that when they counter attack. the other 80% of the time, barca are playing tik-tak football on the halfway line. seriously does he expect the opposition to play an open game and attack the barca goals without the ball?

stop whining coz chelsea parked the bus and beat you twice and other teams saw this as a tried and tested method of beating you. maybe if you didnt take 1000 passes to score a goal teams might actually play soccer against you.

but knowing how uefa is sucking barca cock, i have a feeling they'll get it their way.
topgeareasy  +   1184d ago
lol farca, extra butt-hurt edition
Dungus  +   1184d ago
Hmm... I thought Barcelona were terrible against Celtic. They can't defend to save themselves. Celtic didn't even just sit back and try to play for a point, the second goal, for example, came from a striker substitute who came on FOR A DEFENDER. Celtic saw their opportunity and took it. It's not Celtic's fault if Barcelona are the absolute masters of keeping the ball and ultra-high pressing. Seriously, watching these guys play is intense, the work rate and the skill involved is mesmerising at times. But ANTI-FOOTBALL normally involves no attempts to get forward and this is just completely untrue of what happened last week. Pathetic, sore losers. No class.
aiBreeze  +   1184d ago
I think complaining to UEFA is OTT even as both a big admirer of Barcelona and probably one of Xavi's biggest English fans, it's sour grapes to be fair however, I do think so many teams employ overly defensive tactics. Nothing wrong with that but I would like to see a test run of it going by goals scored as opposed to goal difference in standings. Reward teams that actually try and score goals instead of sticking 9 men behind the ball and trying to get a lucky goal.
The_Klank  +   1184d ago
Don't know why this is even news, this tactic has been around for years and years. Its nothing new.

Granted the style that Barca play is one that has become a model for other top clubs to emulate in recent years but 'parking the bus' has been a tactic deployed by supposed lesser teams to scrape a result for decades.

And I hate to bring it up but just look what happened to ManU when they tried to match style for style in the Champions League finals, it didn't go well to say the least.
ozzywazzy  +   1184d ago
And the Ballon de Whiniest Bit*h of the Year award goes to... Xavi!!

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