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Barcelona playmaker Xavi big fan of Man Utd's Carrick

Barcelona midfielder Xavi admits he's a big fan of Manchester United's Michael Carrick ahead of this week's Champions League final.

Xavi said: "Carrick gives United balance and can play defensively too. He passes well, has a good shot and is a complete player. United have a very good midfield at a high level and they're strong physically and technically.

"But we can't use any excuses at this stage though and we'll play as we normally do. We won't change our philosophy."

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