IS XAVI READY FOR BARCELONA?
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Ronald Koeman was sacked by Barcelona on Wednesday after 14 months in charge at the Nou Camp; current Barcelona B coach Sergi Barjuan takes charge of the first team; former Barca midfielder Xavi, currently in charge of Al Sadd in Qatar, is reportedly in talks over a return to the Camp Nou.
Almost six years have passed since Xavi made his 767th and final appearance in Barcelona’s midfield but now with Koeman sacked, the eyebrows have been raised and expectations about Xavi’s return have risen significantly.
Well for a La Masia product it’s a dream come true to be coaching the same values that you have learnt for years.
If Barcelona wants to compete with the elite, they may need to bring in someone who can revive their philosophy. Xavi may not be the board’s first choice but he might be the right choice to restore the culture that Johan Cruyff had built at the club. Barcelona are looking to recover from their losses. The shining lights and new prospects have the potential to rescue the Blaugrana crest and revive the soul of the squad. The feeling that fans get from watching a new generation of players like Pedri, Gavi, Nico, and Ansu Fati is comforting and it offers plenty of hope for the future.
In the past, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique both transitioned from player to coach at Barcelona, and it seems like Xavi is destined to return to Barcelona as a manager. And back then, if Barcelona were willing to take a risk on an unproven Guardiola, who had only managed the B team for one season, then they certainly could give Xavi a chance. Even though Xavi’s return to the Camp Nou dugout has followed an unusual route through Qatar, he is now better prepared for the position than Guardiola was back in 2008.
Qatar can offer Xavi enough for the time being, but not eternally. His iconic name is frequently whispered around the Nou Camp hallways. A return to Spain is imminent and those whispers will inevitably turn into cheers of joy.