Sport Pep offers his verdict on Xavi’s return to Barcelona
Xavi 'looking forward to going home' as Barca negotiate with Al Sadd
Xavi Hernandez said on Wednesday he was "looking forward to going home" and hopes Barcelona can reach an agreement with Al Sadd in "a matter of hours, maybe days" to secure his return to the club as coach. “I think it is a matter of hours, maybe days. They know my position, hopefully it can be done."Barcelona sent vice-president Rafa Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany to Doha for talks on Wednesday but club president Joan Laporta did not travel with them.Alemany and Yuste both watched Al Sadd's game against Al Duhail from the stands.
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.
Xavi Hernandez returns to Barcelona: Club legend will leave Al-Sadd to manage Barcelona, Qatari club confirms
Barcelona agreed to pay his buy-out clause and bring Xavi homeThe 41-year-old legendary former Barca and Spain midfielder finished his playing days in Qatar before taking his first steps into management with Al Sadd from 2019.
“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.