Barcelona’s new coach, Xavi (41), turned down another offer before joining the Spanish club.
As he himself leaked about his performances at the Blaugrana, the 41-year-old could have signed with the Brazilian Confederation. There it was envisaged that he would initially support national coach Tite as assistant coach, and then take over as head coach after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“My only dream was to come to Barcelona,” the former midfielder said of the offer, which he turned down relatively quickly. “I feel ready and have a lot of self-confidence. I think now is the time.”
Xavi takes over the training of his former team in any situation that is not easy, because the Catalan team occupies only ninth place in the Spanish League table and separates it from its traditional rivals Real Madrid by ten points.
“It’s about performance, standards, working to the maximum and convincing the players to succeed,” Xavi said. He himself played for FC Barcelona for 17 years and won the Champions League four times between 1998 and 2015.
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