Sport Pep offers his verdict on Xavi’s return to Barcelona
Confidence Grows: Barça wants Xavi as a Koeman successor
it had been announced for weeks, after the next bankruptcy it is official: Ronald Koeman has to pack his clothes as Barça coach . Now the Catalans work on the return of club legend Xavi. © Provided by 90min Xavi is to take over Barça after the Koeman-Off | Karim Jaafar / Gettyimages The 58-year-old Koeman was named in September after a bad start to the new season of President Joan Laporta. Within the board of Barça should already be matured to bring Xavi back to Camp Nou as a new coach.
Pep Guardiola has been asked for his thoughts on Xavi taking over as Barcelona coach and thinks the former midfielder will be able to turn things around at the Camp Nou.
Xavi was officially presented on Monday and faces a challenge with the team struggling in La Liga and already 11 points off top spot.
Guardiola obviously knows Xavi very well and while he didn’t seem to like comparisons between the two he does think the 41-year-old can offer a lot to the Catalan giants.
“I wasn’t the heir to anybody and Xavi doesn’t have to be my heir,” he said.
“If Joan Laporta and the board have chosen Xavi then it’s because there are millions of pros and few cons.
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“He knows the club and will bring positive energy, given how he enjoys football and because of his dedication. He always sees the positive side of things.
“With his class, dedication and effort, I’m sure he’ll improve the club’s situation.”
Meanwhile Xavi was asked about Guardiola at a news conference after his unveiling and made it clear how highly he regards his former coach. He said, “If they compare me to Guardiola then it’s something very positive, he’s the best manager in the world.
Xavi Surprised with "Next Messi" .
The successful debut of Xavi as a coach of the FC Barcelona stood above all two youngters in focus. A finger tie towards the future? © Provided by sport1.de Xavi Surprised with "Next Messi" is that the way that helps the FC Barcelona back to old shine? with a 1-0 victory in the CityBerry against Espanyol Barcelona celebrated Xavi a successful coach debut for the Catalans. The game was no reason to get in ecstasy, Memphis Depay redeemed Barca with his hit from the penalty point.