FC Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez believes his countryman Xavi is currently the best midfielder in the World. Martinez has been impressed with Xavi ever since he saw him play at Barcelona for the first time. He has called him the "engine of Barcelona" as his passing is crucial to the team's success in Martinez's opinion.
The two players will go head-to-head in Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-final 1st leg. Martinez is well aware of the challenge ahead of him and his team as he prepares to face the star filled Barcelona squad.
Speaking on Bayern’s official club website, Martinez said: “Xavi is the best midfielder in the world and Barcelona’s engine.
“I expect two great games against Barcelona. The spectators will enjoy it. We want to go to London.”
Barcelona are looking to go back to the final of the competition for the first time since 2011 when it was also played in London at Wembley.
The Catalans, who are chasing their fourth Champions League trophy of the century, have often relied on Xavi's play as he has been the key member of their squad in their past three Championship runs.