Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes that Barcelona are an even better side than last season, despite the Catalan outfit beating Manchester United so convincingly in the Champions League final last season.

Barcelona have had a mixed start to the La Liga season, thrashing Villarreal 5-0 and drawing 2-2 with Real Sociedad over the weekend.


But Xavi believes that European contenders United will have even more to worry about this season than the last as they aim to lift the Champions League trophy, with Barca boasting a stronger squad than before.

"The truth is that we have an amazing team and this year it is even stronger," Xavi said.

"There are many players in the market but few that could have improved what Barcelona already have. Cesc [Fabregas] and Alexis [Sanchez] have improved the team, and so they have been welcomed. They will adapt easily because of their character, fitness, and the great team-mates around them.

"I am sure they will be playing very soon and they will adapt perfectly and show the class that they have shown in their teams."

While some pundits have called Fabregas Xavi’s successor, the 31-year-old won’t hear of any comparisons to his Spain teammate, and believes that the former Arsenal skipper will develop his own style of football given time.

"I had a rough time when people were saying that I was [Pep] Guardiola's successor and I did not enjoy my first years, it was hard for me to adapt," he said.

"Cesc needs to be Cesc – he is a winner and we have different characteristics. I don't want anyone to be my successor and have to go through that pressure. Let him have his own personality and show what a great footballer he is."

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