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Barcelona confirmed the return of Xavi Hernandez as a coach on Saturday, with the fabulous midfielder facing an infinite challenge to recover the sunk Spanish giants to their former glory.
Xavi made 767 appearances for Barcelona, which was a club record until Lionel Messi broke it. He joined Al Sadd in 2015 as a player and went on to coach the squad to seven wins.
Barcelona fired Ronald Koeman last month and are now in ninth place in LaLiga after winning only four of their 11 games.
Barcelona has said that it has signed deals with Xavi to replace Ronald Koeman as a first-team coach for the remaining of the current season and two more seasons.
It was meant to be.
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2021
“It is expected that Xavi Hernandez will arrive in Barcelona this weekend and that on Monday 8 November his presentation as new FC Barcelona first-team coach will take place in an event open to the public at Camp Nou,” it said.
Xavi, known as the “Maquina”, is commonly considered as one of the club’s best-ever players, and there is much interest in his potential as a coach following his impact on Pep Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona team.
His passing style was compared to Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning “tiki-taka” team in 2009.
“One of the greatest midfield maestros of all time,” Barca said in a statement, “he helped reinvent the art with his inventive intellect, precision passing, and incredible ability to read the game.”
Qatari club Al Sadd, which Xavi had coached since 2019, hours earlier said they had reached an agreement with Barca and posted photos on social media of the Spaniard saying goodbye to the players and staff.