Xavi 'proud' of Barcelona career

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi remains hungry for success despite already winning 21 trophies during his illustrious career at the Catalan giants.

The Spaniard insists the feeling of lifting silverware and winning games is as strong as when he started out in the game 15 years ago.

Speaking ahead of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup second leg game against Atletico Madrid, Xavi told the club's official website: "You don’t lose that feeling, no.

"I think if anything I am more excited now than when I started out, because there are more demands and it’s harder with each year.

"There’s a lot of competition and everyone has to show they are worth a place in the team.

"I am very happy and proud of all the years I’ve been here at Barca, the club of my life and the best in the world. I’ve had a lot of success here, particularly over recent years.

"I’ve been very happy here and I still am, with three more years on my contract ahead of me. I hope I can stay at the high level such a demanding club requires."

Barcelona go into tonight's game with a slight advantage as Neymar's crucial away goal cancelled out David Villa's opener.

Xavi has admitted he is wary of the threat Atletico Madrid possess and praised the quality of Diego Simeone.

He added: "Atletico Madrid are very strong, especially in defence," he continued.

"They have a coach [Diego Simeone] who works hard on defence and, with two lines of four, they hardly allow any space.

"Their forwards also chip in and help. They are a good side and showed us why they have achieved so much.

"It won’t be easy, but we had a good result in the first leg and an away goal is always important. We have to try and move the ball quickly, we’ll be on a pitch we like and that’s a point in our favour."

Tonight's match could see £49million signing Neymar make his first competitive start for Gerardo Martino's side as the forward has had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench in Barcelona's previous games.

Meanwhile, Martino is likely to hand a start to compatriot Lionel Messi who passed a fitness test after he picked up a hamstring injury during last week's first leg. 

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