Xavi has a lot of respect for Jose Mourinho despite disagreeing with his philosophy

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Former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi, has said that despite disagreeing with Jose Mourinho's philosophy he has a lot of respect for the Portuguese manager.

The current Chelsea boss worked as a translator for Sir Bobby Robson at the Catalan club, in the late 1990s and worked with Xavi as the Spaniard was making his way through the ranks.

The 35-year-old, who plays for Qatari side Al-Sadd, says Mourinho helped him a lot during the Portuguese's three-year spell at the Nou Camp.


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The majority of people associated with Barcelona despise Mourinho, but, Xavi, who made 767 appearances for the Spanish giants, respects the former Real Madrid boss despite disagreeing with his 'win at all costs' mentality.

"I disagree with [Mourinho's] philosophy, to win at all costs, but I respect him a lot," Xavi said in an interview with Marca. "He helped me in the three years he was with us.

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"Then we spoke the same language, we believed in the same things. He came to Barca B to train us, and we worked in Barca's philosophy.

"Now I see him on another path, the one where winning is most important of all. That is not our idea. We are about 'how.' I do not understand football any other way. But I respect Mou. We have greeted each other at the Ballon d'Or ceremony many times."


Mourinho's philosophy took Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, but the Blues have found life a lot tougher as defending champions.

Their impenetrable defence of last season has disappeared and the Stamford Bridge club have conceded more goals than any other team in the top flight.

Pressure is beginning to mount on the Chelsea manager with the west London club already 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.

A strong Champions League campaign could relieve some of the pressure on the 52-year-old, and the 2012 winners will be hoping to take all three points from their opening game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.


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