Will Xavi Hernandez be a good fit for FC Barcelona?

Being one of their own and one of the greatest players in Barcelona’s history, Xavi, has always been a fan’s favourite in recent years. His ex-teammates, managers, close friends have hinted at his move to Barcelona and believe that he is ready to coach Barcelona if given the opportunity. Well, his move to Barcelona could be on the cards but it will be a huge responsibility to lead the new project.

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After a glorious career at Camp Nou, Xavi left in 2015 to play for Al Sadd and started coaching the team 2 years ago. The 40-year-old has always expressed an interest in his return to Barca. Barcelona had approached Xavi following Ernesto Valverde’s sacking in 2020 but he decided to wait for his return. Xavi’s Al-Sadd is doing well and won the league last season without a defeat. Xavi’s Al Sadd has played football at its best. Xavi has transitioned his team to play football in the exact manner which he desires.

Xavi’s has played under Guardiola and has shared the same philosophy and Al-Sadd is playing attractive football under Xavi, for which Barca is known. Xavi lacks the experience but after Koeman’s sacking, no coach will be eager to take the managerial role at Barca after such a horrific start to their campaign. Erik ten Hag would have been Koeman’s successor at the end of the season but won’t change clubs mid-season as Ajax are performing exceptionally well in both Eredivisie and the Champions League.

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Xavi and Barca’s current situation is similar to Zidane’s first stint as a manager at Real Madrid. The Frenchman was assistant manager under Carlo Ancelotti but seemed to lack the experience to lead a top team like Real Madrid. However, Zizou and Real Madrid were a match made in heaven as he managed to win 3 consecutive Champions League titles in 2 and half years. Barcelona fans won’t be expecting a Champions League title this soon but will expect results and stability from the team. Many controversies have been speculated related to the relation between Xavi and his ex-teammates at Barca. Xavi played with Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Marc Andre Ter-Stegen when Barcelona won their second treble. With Xavi in the dugout, many believe that it will be tough for the World Cup winner to manage his ex-teammates as Pique, Busquets and Jordi Alba are growing old and to replace them Xavi will need to take a tough call to balance a squad of youth and experienced individuals.

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The philosophy that Barcelona follows is unique and its major credit goes to Johan Cruyff. From the lower ranks to the first team, all follow the same ideology. From Lionel Messi-Xavi-Iniesta to Puyol and Pique, La Masia has produced world-class talents. However, it lost its recognition when the Barcelona board started buying upcoming stars from different clubs and thus many academy graduates never made their mark.

But since Ansu Fati’s arrival, the club and ex-managers allowed individuals like Riqui Puig, Ronald Araujo, Nico Gonzalez, Gavi, Oscar Mingueza, Eric Garcia and Balde to showcase their abilities. Xavi being a La Masia product himself, could be influential in the growth of such young ballers. Some of them have already impressed the fans but with more minutes their self-belief and confidence will be lifted.

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