Doha: Al Sadd captain Xavi Hernandez expressed his excitement for their upcoming ‘Qatar Classico’ against bitter rivals Al Rayyan, to be played at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday evening. The Wolves midfielder spoke ahead of the match in an Exclusive Interview with QSL Online.
Opening up the conversation, the former Spain international admitted that the tie would highlight the best of what the QNB Stars League has to offer.
“Both sides like to play strong attacking football and the match will be good to watch. Al Rayyan are one of the strongest teams in the league and I’m personally looking forward to the game. It’ll be a great Classico for everyone in Qatar,” said Xavi.
Al Sadd have yet to taste defeat this season, comfortably winning their first five games in the league, and the match against Al Rayyan will be a stern test of their title credentials.
“Matches against Al Rayyan are always important for Al Sadd. Last year, we played them in the Emir’s Cup final and we needed a last-minute winner. That’ll be our inspiration heading into the game and I hope we continue our strong start to the season.
“Barcelona against Real Madrid is considered as the ultimate clasico in Europe. Here in Qatar, our match with Al Rayyan is considered as the biggest and this is shown by the build-up in the country by the fans and media ahead of the match. The atmosphere is going to be special,” the midfielder said when asked about his thoughts on the Friday-evening clash.
The former Barcelona great opined Al Rayyan’s new additions could prove important in the match.
“Al Rayyan bought well in the transfer window this season, adding quality professional and local players to their side. In attack, they’ve Rodrigo Tabata and Sebastian Soria, and have added more goals with Abderrazak Hamdellah, who is already scoring for them. Defensively, they may have lost Victor Caceres, but they’ve added Mohammed Kasola and Abdul Maqsoud, two of the best defensive players in the league,” he said.