Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Xavi is ready to take control of Barca.
Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona legend Xavi is ready to take charge of the club, claiming his former teammate has more coaching experience than he had when he took the reins of Blaugrana squad in 2008.
The Manchester City manager has been asked about the possibility of his compatriot moving to the Camp Nou side after Ronald Koeman’s sacking earlier this week. While refusing to speculate on who will succeed the Dutchman, Guardiola said he has no doubts about Xavi’s suitability for the post in question and that he hopes the club can quickly regain their glory as a yesteryear.
“First of all, I don’t know what’s going to happen. They have an interim coach and I wish him good luck”, Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference, referring to the appointment of Sergi Barjuan. “Xavi, if that happens, I have no doubt that he is ready to do the job. He knows the environment that is so important. He knows the game, he has passion. He has more. experience now that I had when I became a coach at the highest level. And I wish him all the best and I hope the team can gradually return to the top. “
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Xavi’s planned arrival comes in the midst of a turbulent period in Barca’s history, a period that has already seen the legendary Lionel Messi abandon the ship to take to other, more profitable skies. Despite the Copa del Rey success last season, Koeman struggled on the Camp Nou side and left the club with a very disappointing record.
Guardiola admitted he had sympathy for the Dutch technician, whom he knew as a teammate: “Ronald and I know exactly that we depend, live and wait and we are here for the results. No one can survive without results, no Koeman, no Pep. He’s a friend of mine, I wish him the best and I’ll see him soon and I’m sure he’s done good things for the young academy players. “