Barcelona have named former midfielder and captain Xavi Hernandez as initially-staff coach on a contract until eventually 2024, adhering to the sacking of Ronald Koeman.
The La Liga club gained the inexperienced gentle on Friday to indication the 41-yr-aged immediately after they paid the release in his deal with Qatari aspect Al-Sadd.
Xavi played for Barcelona for 17 years, creating 767 appearances and profitable 25 trophies, such as four Champions League wins and 8 league titles.
“FC Barcelona have attained an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become 1st crew coach for the rest of the existing year and two more seasons,” the club mentioned in a assertion welcoming the legend back to the club.
Dutch mentor Koeman was sacked following a 1- defeat by Rayo Vallecano past thirty day period which left Barca ninth in LaLiga.
The club are still ninth just after Sergi Barjuan was appointed as caretaker coach and sit nine details at the rear of leaders Real Sociedad with a video game in hand.
Barjuan is established to stay in cost for their league match at Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Xavi arriving in Barcelona this weekend before his presentation on Monday.
“It wasn’t goodbye, it was ‘see you soon’. The Camp Nou has always been my property,” Xavi stated in a video clip resolved to the enthusiasts.
“You happen to be my lovers, my individuals, the club that I enjoy the most. And now, I’m coming house. See you before long, Culers. Forca Barca!”
Xavi’s 1st sport will be a nearby derby against Espanyol on November 20 immediately after the worldwide break.
A former Spain international, Xavi joined Al-Sadd as a participant in 2015, turning into head mentor soon after hanging up his boots in 2019. In April, he led his aspect to the Qatari domestic league title with the team unbeaten.
He turned down the probability to mentor Barca in January 2020 soon after Ernesto Valverde was sacked but remained joined with the career even following Koeman succeeded Quique Setien in August of final calendar year.
How excellent is Xavi the mentor?
By Adam Bate
Xavi Hernandez heading again at Barcelona is a moment laced with indicating. For a club that appears to have dropped its identification, the return of the person who came to outline the model of play for 1 of the world’s biggest-at any time groups is undeniably symbolic.
Lionel Messi may have been a god at the Nou Camp, but Xavi was the defender of the faith, often the most vocal advocate of the Barcelona way. Even as a player, he espoused the virtues of the passing video game, the possession soccer honed less than Pep Guardiola.
Absolutely everyone in Barcelona understands how Xavi sees the sport. Fewer admirers are aware of what a Xavi group in fact looks like – but for the past two a long time, he has been in cost of Al Sadd in Qatar. Strip absent the emotion and the sentiment and who is Xavi, the mentor?
Converse to individuals who have examined his groups closer than any person else and it appears to be the 41-12 months-previous Catalan has spent his time practising exactly what he has prolonged preached.
Bjarki Mar Olafsson is familiar with Xavi’s procedures greater than most. He is head of scouting and match evaluation for Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League. In December, Xavi’s facet narrowly defeated Al Arabi in the closing of the Emir of Qatar Cup. Olafsson did the analysis.
“I have been right here analysing and dissecting Al Sadd ever since he took over,” he tells Sky Sports. “I have put a large amount of hours into watching his teams and his taking part in style.
“Just to stick to his tactic from when he started off to wherever he is now has been truly interesting because folks do not genuinely realise the operate that he has been executing at Al Sadd.
“I consider it is a main simplification to just speak about Barcelona and that tiki-taka football for the reason that what he is performing is fairly ground breaking and definitely fascinating in terms of his design of perform.”
Pep: Xavi all set for Barcelona work
Manchester Metropolis manager Pep Guardiola thinks his former Barcelona workforce-mate is all set to turn out to be head mentor at the Nou Camp.
Guardiola expressed his sympathy for Koeman next his sacking but says he has no uncertainties about Xavi’s ability to manage the Catalan club.
“Ronald and myself know accurately that we count and reside and we are there for the outcomes,” said former Barcelona boss Guardiola.
“No one can endure with no fantastic benefits, not Koeman or Pep. All I can say is he is a pal of mine, I would like him all the best, we can chat soon…
“Xavi – I never know what is heading to come about. In situation it occurs I don’t have any uncertainties he’s ready to do the work.
“He is aware the match, he has enthusiasm and I am fairly confident he has far more expertise now than I experienced when I took about.”