Friday, 14 August 2020

Xavi dreams of coaching Barcelona alongside Puyol and Jordi Cruff

Ex captain Xavi has re-expressed his passion to become head coach at Camp Nou. The Catalan club has repeatedly been linked with the Spaniard multiple times before appointing Quique Setien. 

Xavi who is currently coaching Qatari side Al Sadd made it known that the opportunity came all of a sudden.

The world cup winner expressed his pleasure to procure coaching experience as he also made known his desire to have Blaugrana Icons Jordi Cruff and Carles Puyo as part of his backroom staff if he were to coach Barcelona.

“I am delighted to continue gaining coaching experience and challenging myself, but of course it would be a privilege for me to train Barca one day,” he said in an interview with El Pais. “I'd want a dream team, with Jordi Cruyff, Carles Puyol and some current players.

The spanish legend stated that creating  a team with trust and loyalty matters to him. He also stated that Setien style suits Barcelona but the results of the matches are different.

“I would like to make a team with important people who know the club, people who I trust and will be loyal to me.”

For now, however, Barca will have to make do with Setien, a man for whom Xavi admits to having great respect for due to his style of coaching, but admits that the exciting “Cruyffismo” style counts for little if the club doesn't win games.

“In January I told them that it was not the right time and since then they have not contacted me,” he said. “As a 'cule' I wish them the best. I respect Quique Setien a lot, he has a style very similar to what Barca needs, which is 'Cruyffismo', but another thing is the results that accompany...”

He further expressed his opinion about messi and Barcelona claiming both“can’t do without each other” as he feels that messi should always be happy in Barcelona because he can help them win trophies.    

“Messi needs Barca and Barca needs Messi,” he added. 

“They have to make him happy because with him they will win more titles. I maintain a great friendship with him, I respect him a lot. 

“He's a competitive animal, he always wants to win and for ten years he has been the best footballer in the world. Hopefully, we can meet again on a professional level. Having the best player in history on your team means you always have an ace to win.” he concluded.

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