For midfielder-turned-coach Xavi Hernandez, the trick to getting Barcelona again on the successful path shouldn’t be signing higher gamers or the tactical tweaks he’s positive to make. The important thing for Xavi is the old-school values that he grew up with as a youth on the La Masia coaching academy.
I’m going to place my life into this job for this to work, Xavi mentioned Friday, a day earlier than his Barcelona teaching debut in a derby towards Espanyol at Camp Nou. I’m going to transmit to my gamers that we’re Barca and which means now we have to provide extra than simply 100% each minute, each second in order that this will work. We owe so much to so many individuals, and we will’t allow them to down, a minimum of not in our values of displaying the fitting perspective, making an effort and accepting sacrifice.
Later, the outcomes will rely on our opponents and features of the sport, however now we have to make our followers happy with us, even once we fail to win. The 41-year-old Xavi was employed earlier than the worldwide break two weeks in the past to interchange the fired Ronald Koeman.
Xavi has inherited a staff that’s struggling to regulate to life after Lionel Messi and is in ninth place within the Spanish league. Removed from the juggernaut he helped create earlier than leaving in 2015, Barcelona has been handed a number of humbling losses in latest seasons, each earlier than and after Messi left.
As a participant, the midfield maestro was the on-field tactician who helped groups coached by Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique win the Champions League 4 occasions. Now he mentioned he’s much less nervous as a coach than as a participant, since really acting on the sector is the laborious half.
However Xavi mentioned he wants each one among his gamers to be able to contribute, particularly given the spate of accidents and well being issues which have sidelined forwards Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembel, Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite.
Whereas Xavi praised the expertise of his gamers, together with 17-year-old midfielder Gavi Paez, he mentioned he’s additionally hoping Philippe Coutinho can get again to being the participant he was in England earlier than becoming a member of Barcelona. Barcelona set a membership report for spending on a switch when it paid Liverpool 160 million euros ($192 million) for the Brazilian in January 2018. However Coutinho by no means lived as much as expectations and spent the 2019-20 season on mortgage at Bayern Munich. He returned final season however injured a knee in December and was out of motion till the start of this season.
Now, on the age of 29, native media have speculated that the membership wish to promote him. Xavi, nonetheless, mentioned he’ll give the Brazilian an opportunity. (Coutinho) has to get better his confidence, Xavi mentioned.
We’ve spoken with him, and he may be vital for this membership. It depends upon him. It’s a query of his thoughts and feelings, not of his expertise. He may have his alternatives as a result of he’s a participant that I like personally. After Espanyol, Barcelona faces a vital Champions League recreation towards Benfica on Tuesday.