Xavi resumes as Barcelona manager with new order

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By Valentine Amanze

Xavi Hernandez has officially resummed duty as the FC Barcelona manager after contract signing and unveiling at Camp Nou on Monday November 8, 2021.

After his unveiling, he warned that the players must raise their game in the contest of his new order, which is anchord on discipline rather than about style.

“In the first moment it’s important we put rules in the team, that’s the first point,” said Xavi.

“Then we talk about values – respect, attitude, effort – if we don’t have these values, we don’t have a team.

“And then we can look at models of play, how we defend and attack, but the rules come first.”

Barcelona are ninth in La Liga and unlikely to make significant signings any time soon.

“I know that it is a difficult time, both economically and on the pitch,” said Xavi.

“But I will ask the players to have high standards because we are Barca, the best club in the world.”

On whether he was going to be hard with the players, Xavi said: “It is not about being hard, but about order and rules, and the rules must be followed. When I had rules in the dressing room, things went well. Without rules, things have not gone so well. It is not about discipline, it is about order.”

Xavi’s instrumental role in Guardiola’s iconic Barcelona side has many at the club hoping that he can now follow in Guardiola’s   footsteps.

“Being compared to Guardiola is a victory, for everything he has given to football and Barca. For me he is the best coach in the world,” said Xavi.

Xavi brushed over whether he would like to coach Lionel Messi.

“Of course,” he said.

“And all the others, (Samuel) Eto’o, Ronaldinho.

“Leo sent me a message and wished me luck. We joked a bit and I wish him the best, he is the best player in the history of the club.

“But he’s gone. We have the players we have and we have to work with them,” he added.

Xavi was presented in front of almost 10,000 fans at Camp Nou before signing his contract on the pitch, alongside his family and Barca president, Joan Laporta.

The 41-year-old, who has returned to the club where he won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues as a player, walked out to chants of “Xavi, Xavi” from his adoring supporters.

Laporta said: “Today will be an historic day for Barca.”

Despite club debts of more than a billion euros ($1.16 billion), Xavi is tasked with returning Barcelona to Europe’s elite and recovering a style of play most associated with Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola.

 

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