Is Xavi The Solution For Barcelona?


Earlier today, many journalists reported that F.C. Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez will be the new Barca head coach. After Ronald Koeman was sacked last week following a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, many reports stated that Xavi was on his way to Barca.

For an entire week, the Qatari club Al-Sadd, the team which Xavi managed since 2019, and the media kept going back and forth. The Qatari club constantly claimed that the Spaniard would not leave Al-Sadd as it wasn’t the right time. Nevertheless, it was just a matter of time until Xavi’s 5 million euros release clause was paid off. Soonly, the Qatari club released a statement stating that an agreement with F.C. Barcelona was made. This led to F.C. Barcelona’s social media team to release this:

Despite all of the noise made by this transfer, there’s still one question that many have been wondering about. Is Xavi Hernandez the solution to ‘los cules’ problems?

It is no secret that Xavi Hernandez is a very soccer-knowledgeable person. As a player, he is regarded as one of the best midfielders to ever step on the pitch. He is also a part of arguably the best midfield duo to ever play, where Andres Iniesta and Xavi won multiple silverware both on a club and international level. As a player he was amazing, but can he do it as a manager?

Why Xavi Isn’t The Answer

It has been a recurring theme for clubs to appoint club legends as their new head coach. Some recent examples of this are Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Zinedine Zidane with Chelsea, Manchester United, and Real Madrid respectively. All three of these coaches always had the dream of managing the club they once played for. But out of the three, only one of them is still managing at their respective club.

Frank Lampard’s dream was to manage Chelsea, but a bad run of results led to a mid-season sacking and the appointment of Thomas Tuchel. In Zidane’s case, he was able to win three back-to-back Champions Leagues. But despite this, there were always doubts about his managing skills as Zidane failed to get the best out of most of his players. As for Ole, he’s always been on the hot seat due to United’s inconsistency.

Similar to Lampard, Xavi will take on his boyhood club after only managing one previous team. Some might say that Xavi is qualified since he won 7 trophies as the Al-Sadd manager. But the same could be said for Solskjaer’s 3 trophies won with Norwegian club Molde, and people claim that Ole isn’t cut for the United job. Ole and Xavi can’t be compared in terms of tactical knowledge but can be compared in terms of managerial experience.

New Coach, Same Story

Additionally, the Spaniard will come to a club falling apart. Like every manager, he will need time and new players to enact a playing style. But with Barca’s financial crisis and the need to start winning again, will they give Xavi the time and patience? Ronald Koeman, a Barca legend as well, was only given a little over a season to get everything together.

With a club full of youngsters and aging players, Koeman managed to finish 3rd in the league and won the Copa del Rey, something that looks unattainable this season. If Koeman, a Barcelona legend and experienced manager wasn’t given the time, what makes you think Xavi will? Once Xavi arrives, Barcelona might have a good run of form for a couple of games, but things will get tough as the season progresses.

Nevertheless, Xavi’s success at the helm is a coin flip. He could become the next Pep Guardiola, or be another Barca legend that failed at their boyhood club.

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