Xavi: Master the pass

Get your head up

“The first lesson I learned at Barcelona was to play with your head up. If you look around you only after you receive the ball, then how do you know what’s going on? But if you raise your head before you control your team-mate’s pass, you immediately notice all the space you have. You know where the nearest defender is and where your best options are to make a successful pass. I’ve had wonderful advice in my career, but that first piece is still the most important.”

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Andrew Murray is a freelance journalist, who regularly contributes to both the FourFourTwo magazine and website. Formerly a senior staff writer at FFT and a fluent Spanish speaker, he has interviewed major names such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Xavi. He was also named PPA New Consumer Journalist of the Year 2015.