Gennaro Gattuso (Valencia): “An honor and a pleasure to face Xavi”

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Gennaro Gattuso (Valencia): “An honor and a pleasure to face Xavi”

The meeting between Valencia (9th) and FC Barcelona (2nd) Saturday evening (9:00 p.m.) will mark the confrontation of two coaches who often met on the pitch when they were players. Gennaro Gattuso, who played at AC Milan until 2012, often struggled when struggling with Xavi’s Barca.

“I am delighted to meet Xavi again, as we have faced each other for so many years. It was a time when he played games and I ran a lot. He ran much less, recalled the Italian technician. Facing his Barça, it was so difficult to recover the ball. It’s as if they were two totally different sports. I was a marathon runner and he was a creative midfielder. He’s a great trainer. I think he has everything to achieve a great career on the bench. I have a lot of respect for him. I really appreciate him, because he is a very intelligent person. He loves football, like me. It will be a pleasure and an honor to face him tomorrow (Saturday). »

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