As it was expected, the new coach of Barcelona will be the former captain of the club and the Spanish national team - Xavi Hernandez. Catalan Sport, which was the first to announce the dismissal of Ronaldo Koeman, states that the two sides have already reached an agreement on renewed cooperation and that the former midfielder will be officially appointed coach of Barcelona in the coming hours.
However, Xavi will not take office immediately, but during the November national team break, and until then, the team against Alaves, Dynamo Kyiv, and Celta will be led by Albert Capellas. It is a man who led Barcelona B and was the director of the famous La Masia, but also an assistant to Jordi Cruyff in China, Peter Bosz in Borussia Dortmund ...
For the arrival of Xavi, Barcelona will have to pay Qatar's Al Sadd a release clause of 1,000,000 euros. It was mentioned that there is a clause on free departure if he was invited by Barcelona, ââbut Mundo Deportivo writes that it was deleted when a new contract was signed in May until 2023.
In addition, due to good relations between Barcelona and Qatar (not so long ago Qatar Airways), Al Sadd should not be a problem for Catalans.
The return of the fans' favorites to Camp Nou has been talked about for a long time, but he pointed out earlier that it is not time yet.
The alarming situation at the club - only ninth place in the Primera after 10 games and two defeats in three Champions League matches - certainly hastened the decision to accept the invitation of Joan Laporta, who announced in an interview in 2012 that Xavi would sit on the Barcelona bench.
The once-great midfielder knows the philosophy of the club very well and with his 4-3-3 offensive style, he fits in with what the Catalans need at the moment. Whether all the dice will coincide when he takes over the team, as in the case of Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid, or will it be a failure as with Andrea Pirlo and Juventus or Frank Lampard and Chelsea, remains to be seen.
He started coaching in 2019, and last season he won a triple in Qatari football. Under his leadership, Al Sadd has 66 wins, 16 draws, and 18 defeats, with 273 goals scored and 126 goals conceded. Sport also writes that Xavi's brother Oscar will be in the professional staff.
Xavi could do a lot of things at Barcelona since he already has some coaching experience.
We don’t have to say how knowledgeable he is about the state of Barcelona and what successes he has had with them. The DNA of Barcelona is still in him