Xavi Hernandez will be next Barcelona Contract negotiations are underway in the coming hours and there are only minimal issues to be resolved, but the future coach is faced with the removal of the inbox tray in order to start life again at Camp Nou.
Having huge success as Al-sadd coach, the Spaniard is given the opportunity to lead the club he led as a player. Joan Laporta…
That success in the Qatar All-Star League means nothing, however, as he moves to La Liga Santander and has many initial challenges to overcome.
The disappointment that Barcelona fans are experiencing with their squad is enormous right now, and this is nothing new.
After few years Barcelona became a weaker team than the glory years Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique and fans no longer go to Camp Nou after seeing stars like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann leave without a proper replacement.
Xavi needs to find a way to rebuild these fans, bring back their enthusiasm with a style of football they can recognize and identify with, and restore home attendance.
The role of sacred cows
Xavi will reunite with three former teammates in Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba… He will have to assess what every veteran is capable of, but they are all far from their best.
Their position of sacred cows is no longer valid, and Xavi it will be necessary to decide whether to continue betting on them or to bring out a new crop. This is a difficult decision due to the size of the salary paid to the aforementioned trinity.
Use the newfound world
Barcelona has looked more like a chaotic political organization lately than a football club, but Xavi’s arrival brings a huge wave of consensus.
Laporta hires a coach who was also the cornerstone Victor fonthis election campaign, and 16,679 who voted for him will be behind this step.
Very few are left behind Ronald Koeman and Barcelona has become a rather toxic environment, but now everyone wants Xavi to be successful and he must harness this newfound world and take advantage of it early on.
The fans have long been bored with the team’s game, and XaviThe mission is to upgrade the squad. He believes in teaching Johan Cruyff and prefers a constant attacking style, although he currently does not have the best tools to use it.
Champions League Challenge
Champions League results were poor and Barcelona are in a difficult situation with qualifications.
Unknown if Xavi will be on the bench against Dynamo Kiev, but he will definitely have two games in which he will strive to progress. The financial losses from getting into the Europa League will be devastating.
Forgotten players management
Laporta urged Koeman to use Ricky Puig and Samuel Umtiti, it did not fulfill this request and this situation will probably change from Xavi… He is a big fan of Puig and at least will give the French defender a shot.
The continuity of youth
KoemanBarcelona’s legacy is the young players he promoted and gave them chances. In his first season, it was Pedri, Illaix Moriba and Oscar Mingezawhile this term has seen Balde, Niko and Gavi…
Xavi must take advantage of these La Masia alumni and make them the focus of their own team moving forward because they are extremely talented.
The future of the Dutch contingent
How did it happen when Louis van Gaal on the left, after Koeman’s dismissal, the Dutch players remained. Frankie and Luc de Jong and Memphis Depay…
Their future immediately becomes uncertain, although Xavi in the past was a fan of Frenkie de Jong. Luc de Jongdays in Barcelona are numbered because of the loan, and it remains to be seen which Memphis I’ll do it.