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Xavi: Barcelona rediscovering intensity under Martino

16 August 2013 11:38

Xavi believes that Barcelona have found a renewed intensity since the arrival of new manager Gerardo Martino.

The Argentinian coach was appointed to the Camp Nou dugout in July, after former incumbent Tito Vilanova resigned from the post to fight his ongoing battle with cancer.

Spain international Xavi believes that the squad are adapting well to Martino's preferred style of play - with the new coach offering a forthright appraisal on what he expects from his squad.

With that in mind, Xavi is confident that the new man in charge will be a success as Barca look to defend their title this season.

"He is a leader, capable, prepared and has experience," Xavi told Sport.

"He is transmitting a lot to us. We are recovering a little of the intensity and rhythm that perhaps we lost for various reasons towards the end of last season. We are pressing very well and working well physically.

"He is adding things that he is influencing a lot. For example, on set-pieces we are working differently. We are adjusting and he is a guy that is very clear about what he wants."

Barcelona begin the defence of their Liga title when they welcome Levante to Camp Nou on Sunday.

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