More than ten thousand fans have left their throats as soon as Xavi Hernandez he stepped on the grass of the Camp Nou at the edge of one-thirty in the afternoon. The new coach signed on the pitch the new contract that will join the club until June 30, 2024. Visibly moved, the Catalan pledged with the stands to return the team to its rightful place because “we are the best club in the world.”
Later he gave his first impressions as a brand new coach. «I arrive prepared, my Barça DNA has not changed. The idea of being the protagonist of having the ball, creating chances, an intense Barça … We have to recover many things », he began by explaining and returning the illusion that currently seizes the fans.
“It is a dream come true. In 2015 my dream was to return and I return with the maximum responsibility, but with enthusiasm and enthusiasm. We need to work hard. I want to start. I feel that Barça is my home, but I know that I have a very big responsibility. I know I am coming at a difficult time for the club, but I feel prepared. The objective is help the culés to refloat this ship, enjoy and win. The illusion, the desire must make us go up ».
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“I am grateful to the fans for the affection, I hope to return this illusion with titles or at least with work in this first year,” he added. “The goal is to play well, and from there win titles.”
Xavi believes that he starts with an advantage. Knowing the club is an advantage. I know the environment. There will be intense moments, but we have to be united and all row in the same direction. We all have to be together so that Barça can once again aspire to win titles ».
“Discipline, not order”
Although he acknowledges that the work will be hard: «The wear will be tremendous, but I like challenges. I know the physical change will be important, but I am prepared. Having fun is a goal. And he revealed that it will be the first thing he says when he enters the dressing room: «The first message is that I am here to help you. For me it is an advantage to know Busquets, Piqué, Alba, Sergi Roberto and Ter Stegen, who were my companions. I see it as an advantage. It’s not about being tough, it’s about helping them.
«During my career, when we have had rules in the dressing room we have gone well, and when we have not, we have not even competed … It is not discipline, it is order», Explained the technician about the way in which he will work with the costumes.
On the bad moment of the team, Xavi did not enter to assess the causes, but pointed to a key. «I cannot speak of what I have not lived. I cannot make a diagnosis of what I do not know. I can only say that when there have been rules and demands, we have done well».
The ex-footballer also wanted to explain how the negotiations with the club were: «The president calls me and that I am the chosen one. I had a penalty, but we all did our part to solve it. I see a lot of illusion, the expectations are high, it’s about getting immediate returns. The summary is illusion. It has been a very quick return, it has changed our lives in three or four days. I will give my life to make this work.
«Now we are already thinking about Espanyol’s day, about the derby, about winning it, and from there we will think about the next one. But as I have always said, Barça is winning. We will work hard to win. It is clear that the club is not in the best moment of its history. It is a medium or long-term project», Said Xavi, asked about his expectations.
Questioned on several occasions why they will be the main lines of his team, the Catalan coach explained that his intention is for it to be «an intense team that leaves its soul on the field and goes on the attack, be against the rival that is. Because that is the Barça DNA ».
Xavi himself summarized the keys to his project: «Demand, train hard, instill the idea of the technical staff and know that we are at Barça. Here it is not worth drawing or losing. Here when it is tied or lost this is a funeral. There are consequences. “This is the most demanding team in the world, you have to win and convince, it is not worth 1-0 in the ninety minute,” he added.
“It is difficult for him, but he knows what to do”
«Xavi’s return as coach marks the history of the club. Xavi transmits joy and confidence. I have seen hope in the people, “said an emotional President Laporta in the presentation to the media.
The Barça president, who did not want to elaborate on explanations about the payment of the termination clause of Xavi to Al Sadd, acknowledged that «Xavi has it difficult, he has a team to do. Rijkaard picked up a team to do. Pep already had foundations and led him to excellence. The ballot is not easy, but Xavi is clear about what he has to do »