The man behind the scene – Andres Iniesta. He’s maybe the only player that some coaches admire more than Messi.
It is a shame he couldn’t win a golden ball award, because he really deserves one. He was and still is a key player on Barcelona. That elegant type of a playmaker. He makes football looks so easy. One of Iniesta’s biggest advantage over others is the football “vision”.
What others see as a risky pass, he sees as a perfect assist. Messi, Suarez and Neymar are blessed with a player like Iniesta controlling everything behind them.
It gives them more freedom to focus on scoring, instead of the tiki-taka philosophy. According to Pep, the last third of the pitch is where forwards have freedom to follow their instinct, create chances and score.
But the tricky part is to keep the ball. You need players that know how to pass, control the game and dribble when necessary. Iniesta is the perfect playmaker, when it comes to handling things at the middle.
But that’s not it. Iniesta is not just a good passer. He can score and go against 3 or 4 players as well. We all remember the goal against R. Madrid from last season.
It was truly a spectacular one. Iniesta was never the top scorer in La Liga. But almost every goal he scored was vital, either for Spain or Barcelona.
Barcelona fans especially remember the last minute goal against Chelsea on Stamford Bridge. He was directly responsible for Barcelona’s Champions League success.
And 20 years later, he is still vital for Barcelona. We all witnessed what happens when Enrique puts Iniesta on the bench. Barcelona struggles with controlling and creating chances, and they end up losing points against Celta Vigo.
Even though he’s 32 years old, he still posses the magic. We’re sure he can keep up with the high expectations, and continue playing for Barcelona for at least 2 more years.
To celebrate Iniesta’s 20 years of success at Barcelona, we’ve decided to include few memorable quotes from the Maestro.
- “If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career.”
- “Every player wants to be as complete as possible and goals for a central midfielder are very important.”
- “There are moments when the human body can overcome things you would never expect.”
- “Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball. A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn’t move like one who weighs 60. In the playground I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost.”
- “If you win without sacrifice you enjoy it but it’s more satisfying when you have struggled.”
- “La Masia is a place where lots of people live together but you are on your own.”
- “In the past, I had my idols but today I enjoy learning from all the soccer I watch.”