One of the best midfielders of all time has returned home to coach his childhood team Barcelona, who are in a very delicate situation. Barcelona currently are 9th in LaLiga and are closer to relegation than to the top spots of the table. Barcelona under Ronald Koeman ,another Barcelona legend, were playing boring and slow football that tried to look like Tiki Taka but was far from it. Can Xavi’s return fix the issues with this team?
Xavi these last 4 years has been on Qatar under the Al Saad as both a player and coach. Under Xavi’s management, Al Saad has played really good football that follows very closely Barcelona’s philosophy of Tiki Taka. As a coach, Xavi has won a total of 7 titles in Qatar. So, Xavi is not a stranger to success as a coach.
Barcelona currently are a slow team team to build play and some of the players in the squad are not fit for that style of play, but in Barcelona Tiki Taka is part of the identity of the club and it means a lot to them. Xavi knows the style really well and was one of the best practitioners of that style and by the looks of it, he’s really good on teaching that style of play.
Xavi’s return has already given excitement to Barcelona fans and hope to turn things around after such awful start, and maybe this excitement will appear on a squad that really needs it right now. Xavi luckly has the international dates right now and has time with a lot of the players to start implementing his ideas ahead of their next fixtures.
Barcelona’s next three games are very tough and will, in a way, tell us the future of Barcelona for the rest of the season. First they have the city derbi with Espanyol, then they have a tough game against Benfica (and need to win to maintain their hopes alive of not going to the Europa League), and then they face the current Europa League champions Villareal.
Joan Laporta and Xavi talked about the possibility of signing three players on the winter transfer window, but with Barcelona’s current economic issues, it’s hard to see any player joining Barcelona and we also have to consider what players will leave on that transfer window. Only time will tell if Xavi can turn things around for Barcelona.