Xavi: Barca-Madrid matches shouldn’t affect Spain

The ongoing feuds between Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Spanish

national team players during the current run of ”clasicos”

shouldn’t affect the World Cup champions, according to Barcelona

playmaker Xavi Hernandez.

Madrid and Barcelona reported each other to UEFA’s disciplinary

committee for unsporting behavior following Wednesday’s

ill-tempered 2-0 Champions League semifinal first leg victory for

Barcelona.

While UEFA threw out the challenges on Monday, a number of Spain

teammates have become mixed up in sour on-field antics.

”I don’t want to think about that. Logically, we’re not talking

much either since both teams are looking out for themselves and

your competing to help your team win,” Xavi said Monday from the

Camp Nou, where Tuesday’s return leg match will be played. ”When

everyone goes back to the national team they go with the best

possible attitude because we’re all professionals.”

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque voiced concern over how the four

derby matches over an 18-day span will affect national team

relations, with 13 players from the World Cup winning squad taking

part in the games.

Several Spain players have been involved in on-field bust-ups,

most notably Barcelona striker David Villa and Madrid pair Sergio

Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa during Madrid’s 1-0 Copa del Rey final

victory.

In Wednesday’s first leg, Ramos and Barcelona defender Gerard

Pique exchanged words while Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez

feigned injury following a run-in with Arbeloa.

Spanish media outlets reported that several players from both

teams stopped following one another on Twitter after last week’s

first leg.

Xavi said Barcelona always showed ”exemplary conduct” and

placed the blame on Madrid’s Jose Mourinho, saying his coaching

style is about generating controversy.

”It’s sad,” Xavi. ”It would be nice to talk about football

and not all these pitiful details. We try our best not to let all

of this tension affect us. It’s almost impossible, but we

try.”