Xavi’s first game as Barcelona coach looks to an exciting future, but a lot of work remains to be done – The Athletic

New Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez looked more relieved than delighted after the former player’s reign as Barcelona coach began with a 1-0 roller coaster La Liga won against local rivals Espanyol at the Nou Camp on Saturday night.

“Overall, I’m very happy, very satisfied with the match,” Xavi said in his post-match press conference. “The Cules will be happy to go home.

Going home happy is not something Barcelona fans have grown accustomed to lately. A dismal start to the season under previous manager Ronald Koeman, followed by two points from two La Liga games under caretaker manager Sergi Barjuan, has left the Blaugrana family in deep disarray and bleak.

But since Xavi returned from Qatar last week, Koeman’s erratic realism has been replaced by a wave of excitement and hope. In recent days, Athletic can see a renewed excitement among all those talking in or around the Camp Nou, as well as a genuine sense of anticipation and curiosity about the changes Xavi will make soon. instantly.

A source close to many Barcelona players told The Athletic on Friday: “Everybody is really looking forward to seeing his first-team squad.” “Nobody really knows what he’s going to do – what changes he’ll make, how he’ll surprise us.”

The surprise was the Barca debut of 17-year-old Ilias Akhomach, the right winger produced by La Masia, who scored his first Barca B goal in a 4-0 win over Sevilla Atletico two weeks ago. Xavi watched that match from the Estadi Johan Cruyff stand after heading straight to Barcelona’s training ground upon arriving from Qatar.

https://theathletic.com/2959130/2021/11/21/xavis-first-game-as-barcelona-manager-points-towards-an-exciting-future-but-with-a-huge-amount-still-to-do/?source=rss Xavi’s first game as Barcelona coach looks to an exciting future, but a lot of work remains to be done – The Athletic

Huynh Nguyen

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