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CL: Barcelona are obliged to win against Juventus, says Xavi

Midfielder believes Catalan giants do not get tired of winning and will take control of the final against Juventus on Saturday in Berlin

Barcelona: Xavi is determined to end his Barcelona career on a high when his side take on Juventus in Saturday's Champions League final.

Midfielder Xavi waves to fans after Barcelona's La Liga match against Deportivo la Coruna at Camp Nou on May 23. Pic/Getty Images
Midfielder Xavi waves to fans after Barcelona's La Liga match against Deportivo la Coruna at Camp Nou on May 23. Pic/Getty Images 

The former Spain midfielder will leave the club he has represented throughout his career at the season's end for Qatari side Al Sadd.

Having already won the double this term, Xavi has one last shot at silverware in Berlin and says he could not have hoped for a better way to bow out.

"The minutes I play will be extraordinary ones," he told reporters. "It's a Champions League final and my last game for the club. It's the ultimate dream. The important thing is to help the team.

"It is not the end of an era. I go, but this generation will continue with the squad we have. Barcelona will remain competitive.

"This team doesn't get tired of winning. We are obliged to win as Barcelona, we are a winning team. We like to win, to take control. We've had a fantastic generation in recent years.

Not easy
"It's a final and they're all making us favourites but Juventus won't be easy. It'll be a tough final.

"We are training well this week and we'll see how they'll play.

"This season is very good but could be excellent, it's the same for Juventus. We've both arrived in good form but we want to make history."

17
Number of years Xavi Hernandez spent with Spanish heavyweights Barcelona. He will move to Qatari side Al Sadd next season.

24
Number of trophies the midfielder accumulated during his 17-year stint at the Catalan club.

 

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