It's time to ring the bells at the Camp Nou stadium. For a long, long time, Barcelona fans have not had the opportunity to look forward to one signature so much. In recent years, they have suffered so many disappointments that they have become skeptical of everyone.
Okay, almost everyone. Xavi is a special dimension. The man who played 767 games for Blaugrana, won 25 titles and left numerous followers to continue talking "it was easy for Messi when he had Xavi and Iniesta with him"
Recent years have shown how difficult it was for Messi in fact without them and how much Barcelona as a club actually depended on only one man. When Messi left, everything fell apart like a tower of cards, so this weekend the fans had to cover their eyes in shame while Barça lost a three-goal advantage against Celta in Vigo.
Barcelona was forced to park the bus, and in an elitist school such as La Masia, they did not pay much attention to defense in the positional game. Marc Andre Ter Stegen's five passes to Memphis Depay are enough proof of how much the situation has changed compared to the times when Pep Guardiola taught the football world that not even a goalkeeper should blindly shoot the ball.
The luck of Barca's goalkeepers at the time was that they had Xavi in front of them, he knew everything with the ball. The only problem is that now everyone at the Camp Nou stadium hopes to be able to teach others how to do it.
It doesn't work overnight, and we know that in such situations, management knows how to sacrifice even the biggest names in order to hide behind their size. Maybe that's why the club is consciously heating up the euphoria because the promotion of the new boss - today at 1 pm - will be organized just as the promotion of the biggest names.
The stands will be open, and Barça estimates that at least 25,000 fans will come to greet the legendary Xavi. Xavi's first real working day will essentially be Tuesday, he will have his first training from 11 am and start preparing the team for the city derby with Espanyol.
In extremely unfavorable circumstances, because due to national team obligations he will not be able to count on Jordi Alba, Busquets, Gavi, Coutinho, Araujo, Ter Stegen, De Jong, Memphis Depay, Clemon Lenglet, and Demir, while due to injuries Sergi Roberto, Dest, are out of competition.
Pique, Pedri, Dembele, Braithwaite, Aguero, Ansu Fati, Eric Garcia, and Nico. According to the latest information, Ansu Fati will take a break for at least a month. Therefore, the Catalan media speculate that the first reinforcement could be - reinforcement in the ambulance.
Barcelona's medical team is currently led by Ramon Canal, while Xavi blindly trusts Ricard Pruna, who previously worked at the club, but had his last engagement in Dubai. For those real reinforcements, on the field, we will wait for January.
But without money ... It seems that the only salvation for Barça is for everyone to be healthy and for Xavi to really teach them how to push the ball.