The secret to Xavi’s game

Xavi photo via Castroquini2011 on flickr

Xavi photo via Castroquini2011 on flickr

As Xavi Hernandez is lauded as the most successful active player in La Liga with 7 titles to his name, I’d like to pay tribute to the man who recently became the first player to record 100% pass accuracy in the Champions League (96/96).

In psychology there is talk of the micro-expression. But hopefully football will teach the micro-look for better spatial awareness. Watch what I mean about 1:00 into this video by @allas4.

With the advent of HD television and an interest in following the most efficient passer in the game, I suggest that the next time you watch a Barcelona or Spain match, follow Xavi instead of the ball and watch him constantly snap microsecond long looks over his shoulders.

The micro-look is the secret of his game and aids his already excellent skills and anticipation.

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