Xavi Hernandez was appointed as Barcelona coach in November 2021. He replaced Ronald Koeman who was considered unable to bring Barca to the best level.
Yes, during Koeman’s tenure, Barcelona experienced a series of bad results at the start of the 2021-2022 season, both in domestic and European competitions.
However, since the arrival of Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona slowly began to move away from the negative trend.
Quoted from Brand, Wednesday (23/3/2022), here are seven Xavi decisions that changed Barcelona for the better:
1. Back to Barcelona
After migrating to Qatar to strengthen and coach the Al-Sadd club, Xavi Hernandez finally returned home.
Xavi is now able to turn Barcelona, which previously performed poorly, into a team that is again feared. The fruit of hard work and patience that pays off.
2. Change the team atmosphere
This is the key factor. Xavi brings joy to the Barcelona squad, which was previously depressed and lacking in motivation.
The 42-year-old tactician can make the Barcelona players smile again and enjoy training.
3. Team up with Jordi Cruyff
Xavi’s friendship with Jordi Cruyff played a big part, and they have found the right players to sign.
Starting from the return of the veteran Dani Alves, to the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Adama Traore.
4. Persona in front of the club president
In this case, Xavi Hernandez was able to convince the President of Barcelona to grant his request for the betterment of the club.
This is certainly different from Ronald Koeman, who is considered to be too focused on the team and unable to build relationships with management.
Xavi Hernandez is the man who has insisted on keeping Ousmane Dembele, who is in danger of being kicked out by the club due to persistent injuries.
Xavi chose to maximize the French player and Dembele answered the coach’s trust with maximum performance and contribution.
In the El Clasico match last weekend, Ousmane Dembele scored two assists.
6. Bring back the “soul” of Barcelona
At the beginning of his arrival, Xavi Hernandez found that his students did not understand Barcelona’s style of play.
However, over time, Xavi was able to instill the “soul” of Barcelona into the players. Barca so much more solid at this time.
7. Pressing collective
Xavi Hernandez stressed to whoever lost the ball, to get it back as soon as possible.
In the era of Ronald Koeman, Barcelona’s collective pressing is not visible.
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