How to play like Xavi
Barcelona legend Xavi, knows a lot about keeping possession of the ball.
17,547 passes. A Pass completion rate which has NEVER dropped below 90% in game. Here’s what the pass master had to say about learning to play possession football.
“Possession football is as much a state of mind as anything technical.”
The first thing you should do is the rondo: a circle of players keeping the ball away from two in the middle. Do that for 20 minutes before every training session and game. It’s a mental game. If you lose the ball, you go in the middle to defend.
You have to conserve the ball and learn that the worst thing you can do is lose it, because otherwise your whole team is defending. This philosophy is ingrained in us and has become second nature.
Possession drills, played without goals, are also essential. You learn how to play with one or two touches and give the ball in the best condition to your team-mates. Talent and years of practice: these are the fundamental bases for tiki-taka.”