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Xavi open to coaching Barcelona

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Former Barcelona midfielder and club legend talked about the prospect of taking over at Barcelona.

After the awful start of the season for Barcelona, Valverde is on the hot seat.

With rumors of Valverde’s dismissal getting bigger and bigger, Xavi is naturally one of the names to pop up.

The Spaniard is currently managing Al-Sadd in Qatar.

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DOHA, QATAR – MAY 19: Xavi, Captain of Al Sadd, is congratulated at the final whistle by team mates on winning the Emir Cup for Al Sadd 2-1 against Al Rayyan at Khalifa International Stadium on May 19, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy launches Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed 2022 FIFA World Cup venue, five years before the tournament begins. (Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images for Qatar 2022)

From the early signs, Xavi seems to know what he’s doing, as his team is playing offensive football with a lot of goals.

Team of his life, Barcelona, is struggling at the beginning of this season. The Catalans are on an eight-match streak without a win away from Camp Nou.

As for Xavi, he spoke to Ara about Barcelona:

“I don’t know if it [Al Sadd] will be a bridge to Barca.

“The only thing that worries me now is doing well here, winning titles and making mistakes in some aspects to learn for the future.

“It wouldn’t be a problem [to manage former team-mates]. I know what Leo is like, and Luis [Suarez], Busquets, Jordi [Alba], [Gerard] Pique or Sergi [Roberto].

“I know how they train, their capacity for leadership, I can tell if they are sad or angry. I hope as a coach I could have three, five, eight or 10 players that I already knew and that I already had a good relationship with.

“[Messi] is a player who, if you convince him, he can even be a brilliant defender. He has physical and mental speed. He has everything. If you convince him to run, what will the others do? They will run twice as much.”

Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati are rare positive spotlights in the team. With Messi returning from injury, the rest of the team will have to up their level.