Modified 17 Apr 2020, 17:36 IST
Andres Iniesta accepts Barcelona will probably be unable to breed his golden technology, but he doesn’t see why future groups can’t replicate their success.
Midfielder Iniesta was one in every of a number of world-class stars who got here by way of the famed La Masia academy in fast succession, with Lionel Messi, Xavi, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets additionally making the grade.
It resulted in enormous success for the Blaugrana, who received the Champions League 4 occasions in 9 years whereas additionally dominating domestically.
Although they had been prime of La Liga when the present season was halted as a result of coronavirus pandemic, those that have adopted Iniesta et al from the academy have been unable to match their brilliance.
Whereas acknowledging the membership won’t ever once more have a cluster of graduates as gifted because the group he got here by way of with, Iniesta nonetheless believes Barcelona can proceed to win titles.
“That technology won’t ever be repeated however what follows doesn’t need to essentially be worse when it comes to how the membership fares,” Iniesta stated in an interview with The Guardian.
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“I had seen Puyol go, I had seen Víctor [Valdes] go, after which Xavi had gone… you focus by yourself day-to-day, you continue to have an excellent group round you, prime gamers.”
Iniesta left Barcelona, the one membership he had ever performed for, in 2018 after making greater than 650 appearances for the membership.
The 35-year-old remains to be enjoying for Vissel Kobe within the J-League however he reiterated that sooner or later he needs to return to Camp Nou in some capability.
“Proper now, I am attempting to increase my enjoying profession as a lot as attainable, I need to kick a ball for so long as I can as a result of that is what makes me completely happy,” he added.
“I’ve bought a contract till subsequent yr, 2021, however I am taking a look at issues on the finish of each season and I really feel good, motivated. I need to maintain enjoying and we’re delighted to be right here.
“When it [his career] does finish, I’ve all the time stated that I might love to return to Barca. All of it depends upon how? In what position? What scenario? Who’s on the membership? That is a way off. However with the whole lot I skilled there, all the sentiments I’ve, I might love to return.”