Xavi’s return to Camp Nou is imminent after ‘agreeing to become Barcelona’s new boss’: fans will expect results similar to those achieved by Pep Guardiola from a young coach in his first big job … but is he ready?
- Xavi has reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona to become their new manager.
- Barça bosses reportedly flew to Qatar to negotiate their departure from Al-Sadd
- The former Barcelona player could take office early next week
- Despite being a young coach in his first great job, he will seek to revive Barcelona
- Barça have suffered their worst start to the season since the 1987-88 campaign
- Ronald Koeman was fired after Wednesday night’s loss to Rayo Vallecano
With reports in Spain that the Barcelona board has flown to Qatar to negotiate Xavi’s departure from Al-Sadd, it is a matter of time before the 41-year-old takes office at the Camp Nou.
Compensation will be minimal, his departure cordial, and he could take over as early as early next week to take over a game he must win away from home in Kiev.
This is a young coach in his first big job. He is in charge of the task of reviving the luck of the team that he graced for more than a decade as a player. We have been here before and the Barcelona fans will expect results similar to those achieved by Pep Guardiola.
Given that the Barcelona board would have flown to Qatar to negotiate the departure of Xavi from Al-Sadd, it is a matter of time before the 41-year-old takes over at the Camp Nou.
Despite being a young coach in his first big job, the club legend, who helped them win multiple titles in his 17 years as a senior star, will be looking to revive the club after a bad start.
But there are big differences in terms of where Barcelona was in 2008 and where he is now and, unless patience is shown with Xavi, he and the club risk wasting the silver bullet of his dream comeback as first team coach. . Xavi seems destined to take over the team in which he played 767 games, but taking over now is a risk.
His predecessor has set the bar low, but he will inherit a mess and with very little time or money to fix things quickly and save the season.
Barcelona have suffered their worst start to the season since the 1987-88 campaign
As a result, Ronald Koeman was fired after Wednesday night’s loss to Rayo Vallecano.
Idealists will say that you don’t need time or money. Didn’t Guardiola win six trophies in his first season based on the youth players? But Guardiola was already in the club as coach of team B and, despite everything that promoted the youth Pedro and Sergio Busquets, they also gave new signings to Dani Alves and Gerard Piqué in the transfer market before the start of the season.
Xavi will have to see the club until January with what there is and even in the winter window, Barcelona’s finances will not allow much activity. The team he inherits is a massive demotion of the players Pep coached.
When Guardiola took over, he inherited Leo Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry. Xavi will have to get the best out of Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay while waiting for Ansu Fati to stay in shape.
Sergi Barjuan has been officially announced as interim boss on the Barcelona website
Barcelona fans will expect the same results that Pep Guardiola achieved (above)
Ousmane Dembélé is the kind of fast winger Xavi wants at the top of his squad, but the French international is two months away from signing for a new club as a free agent and the ensuing contract tie could mean he can’t be. selected.
Luuk de Jong clearly doesn’t fit into Xavi’s roster and is now likely to leave in January.
There is talent in the midfield. But he is young talent. Where Guardiola had Xavi and Iniesta approaching their peak years, Xavi will have Gavi, 17, Pedri, 18 and Nico 19. He is a Barcelona midfield for the future; I might have to make it work now.
Guardiola was already at the club as coach of team B and for all that he promoted the homegrown players Pedro and Sergio Busquets also gave him new signings Dani Alves and Gerard Piqué
When Guardiola took over he inherited Leo Messi (above), Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry
And, without a doubt, he would also have preferred to take over without any former teammate continuing to play. Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets once stood shoulder to shoulder with him in the locker room, now he has to manage the last seasons of their careers.
None of this worries Barcelona fans too much, who see the positives outweighing the negatives. Xavi is not Ronald Koeman and if he can get better performances from top internationals like Marc Andre ter Stegen and Frenkie de Jong, and inspire young midfielders, there will be an inevitable improvement.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta will give a press conference on Friday in which he will introduce the club’s interim manager, Sergi Barjuan. Barcelona need the ‘intermediate’ period to be as short as possible so that Xavi can start as soon as possible.
There are few important names in the history of Barcelona. But the work is just as huge.
Xavi will have to get the best of Sergio Agüero from Barcelona (above) and Memphis Depay