Xavi Hernandez says he's happy but 'nostalgic' after final Barcelona game
Outgoing Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez hailed an incredible end to his career at the club in Saturday's 3-1 Champions League final win over Juventus, while also admitting he felt a bit nostalgic as it sunk in that his time at the club was now over.
Xavi entered as a substitute late on for what was his 767th and final game for Barca before lifting the Champions League trophy -- and receiving his 25th competition winners medal over his 17 seasons in the Blaugrana first team.
After revealing last month that he was set to leave the club and join Qatari outfit Al-Sadd, Xavi has spent the most recent few weeks lifting the La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies, as he sealed his own and Barca's record second Treble-winning season.
Speaking to Canal Plus after the game, the veteran playmaker said it was hard to put his feelings into words, but he was just so happy after an incredible last game for his lifelong club.
"There are no words, this is spectacular," Xavi said. "I could not ask for more. To leave like this, with the Champions League, the treble. Brutal by the team, the fans, everything.
"I feel a bit nostalgic, knowing you are not going to play again for this team, that is hard. But I am very happy, with how my career has gone, and to finish with this game is incredible."
Xavi admitted that Barca had been rattled a bit by Juve's strong start to the second half, and Morata's equaliser, but that superstar Lionel Messi had appeared with the run and shot which lead to Luis Suarez's goal for the 2-1 lead.
"Juve pushed, they scored, and mentally it took a bit out of us," he said. "But Leo appeared again, with a move which put us back on top. The team was really good, and Messi did his thing again."
Xavi was also asked about the future of coach Luis Enrique, who after guiding Barca to just the second treble in the club's history, declined to commit to being at the club next season because of differences with the Camp Nou hierarchy.
The Terrassa native said his former teammate Luis Enrique had done an excellent job but had not shared his thoughts about the future with the squad.
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"[Luis Enrique] deserves this," Xavi said. "He has received lots of criticism, and kept working the same. He is a leader for this team. I celebrated with him, and all the staff, who did tremendous work. He deserves to stay, is the best option, but has not said anything. Now to enjoy this Treble, which is incredible."
Although he will not be apart of future Barca teams, Xavi said the club will be capable of continuing to win trophies in the coming years.
"This generation has made history," he said. "I am leaving, but they will keep making history. It is a fantastic team."