Barcelona struck gold when their former midfield star Pep Guardiola became manager in 2008 and led the club to glory, and early indications suggest they’ve done it again with the appointment of Xavi in November 2021.
When Xavi – a legendary central midfielder who made over 700 appearances for the club and won every trophy on offer – took the reins from Ronald Koeman, there was some initial scepticism.
Xavi had just one managerial job on his CV – a stint at Al-Sadd in Qatar – but he has transformed the club’s fortunes in just a few months.
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