Xavi unveiled as Barca coach (Sports News) – After being confirmed as the new head coach for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona, club legend Xavi Hernandez was officially presented to the media in a press conference.
Arguably one of the best midfielders to play for the Blaugrana, Xavi played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. The La Liga side has paid the clause to release him from his now former club, Al Sadd in Qatar. He won 10 trophies as manager with the club. Now, he has come to take over the job vacated by Ronald Koeman, who had come under fire after Barca incurred a string of losses and underperforming ever since he was at the helm.
Xavi Unveiled as Barca Coach - Triumphant Return
An estimated 10,000 supporters were on hand to witness Xavi’s return to Camp Nou. This was an atmosphere reminiscent of high profile signings being announced in Barca. Earlier, he released this statement to the club’s media:
“This was my dream and now the dream has come true so it’s very important for me. Of course, it’s a challenge but then we are ready, all the technical staff, to start immediately, to train, to talk to the players so, I’m really happy to be here in Barcelona.”
“We need the fans, of course, we need the supporters, we will try to do our best to make them happy and this is the expectation. We will work really hard, we will do everything to make them happy and this is the point. I’m really proud to also be a supporter of Barcelona and now I’m in charge as a coach so really excited and I’m with them. This the message for them.”
Xavi Unveiled as Barca Coach - Excitement Among Players
As early as now, the Barca players have expressed excitement with regard to Xavi taking over. Memphis Depay was one of those looking forward to working with the legendary personality.
“He has a lot of experience of course in top football and I think he will bring that to the team,” the 27-year-old said in his post-match comments after the Celta Vigo match.
“I don’t know him personally, I know him as a football player of course, but I’m excited to work with him and I think he can lift our spirits. We have to lift our spirits together and to speak about things and have conversations to try to have better results.”
Xavi Unveiled as Barca Coach - Turning Down Brazil
Xavi also revealed during his presentation that he was asked to join the coaching staff of Brazilian boss Tite until the World Cup next year. Afterwards, Tite would step down and the former midfielder would replace him. He however, turned down the offer, preferring to stay in Qatar and wait until his old club offered him a job.
“It’s true that I spoke with Brazil,” said Xavi. “The idea was to help Tite and take over the team after the World Cup. My dream was to come to Barcelona. I feel ready, very confident, I feel this is the moment.”
Xavi Unveiled as Barca Coach - What to Expect
In his presentation, Xavi laid down his plans for the club. He earlier expressed his excitement to meet his squad, telling Barca TV: “I have very good feelings. I’m really excited to be here. I’ve come back home so I’m really excited to start to know the players, to talk with them.”
The World Cup winner (with Spain in 2010) said his first task is to set out a series of rules for the players to restore order as he takes over at “a difficult moment in the club’s history.”
In taking over the manager role, Xavi could not also help but be compared to his longtime coach at Barca, Pep Guardiola. “To be compared to him is an achievement for everything he’s done,” he says. “He’s a role model for me, the best in the world.”
He also stressed the renewal of Ousmane Dembele as a priority. “Dembele’s renewal is a priority, he could be the best in the world in his position.”
Xavi’s first game as manager will be the home Catalan derby vs RCD Espanyol on 20 November.
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