FC Barcelona are in Doha, and that’s produced the perfect chance to meet up with former captain Xavi Hernández, who is now playing his football in Qatar.

After greeting players, staff and directors from the club that he served for a quarter of a century, he also found some time to speak to the Barça TV cameras.

“Barça are looking great” he said. “They might have dropped some unexpected league points at the Camp Nou, but it was only six points and they can recover those. They have got their game back and that sets things up nicely for the rest of the season.”

On the Champions League draw, the midfielder added that “PSG will be a difficult opponent, but Barça are always favourites to win everything. They’ll get better as the season progresses. Luis Enrique works the Barça style perfectly and that will bring success.”

As for the extension of Messi’s contract, Xavi said “let’s hope he stays for many more years because we’re so lucky to have the best player in the world with us.

Finally, when asked how things are going for him personally with new club Al-Sadd, the 26-year-old smiled that “I’m keeping myself fit and enjoying competition and training as much as ever.”

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