Xavi makes bizarre comment about Villarreal’s pitch

Barcelona coach Xavi made a bizarre comment about Villarreal’s pitch at the Madrigal ahead of Saturday evening’s clash in La Liga, suggesting his players must adapt because of its size.

The implication from the Barça coach, who is desperately chasing wins to drag the club up the league table, is that it is smaller than the Blaugrana are used to at Camp Nou.

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Villarreal is a small town and the Madrigal only has a capacity of 23,500, which might give the impression that things are a bit more closed in and the playing area is smaller than Camp Nou, where the capacity is famously pushing 100,000.

“It will be a difficult game, more [because of their] pitch, with smaller dimensions than normal,” Xavi is quoted as saying by Marca.

Praising opposite number Unai Emery, the 41-year-old also added, “They have one of the best coaches in Spain. It will be a very difficult opponent.”

But Marca has pointed out that Xavi’s comments are…wrong. There is no difference in the pitch size at the Madrigal compared to Camp Nou – both measure 105 metres by 68 metres. Any difference in the match will be psychological and not related to the playing surface.

Xavi oversaw a narrow 1-0 win against city rivals Espanyol in his first game in charge last weekend, ending a dismal run of form during which the team had lost three of the previous six La Liga fixtures and taken only five points from a possible 18 on offer.

Tuesday presented another setback when the Catalans were unable to break down Benfica at Camp Nou in the Champions League, leaving them in danger of failing to progress from a group stage for the first time in 21 years.

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