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This is how Xavi lived his first game as Barcelona coach: standing up, with intensity and in Catalan | LaLiga Santander 2021

 This is how Xavi lived his first game as Barcelona coach: standing up, with intensity and in Catalan |  LaLiga Santander 2021

The new Barça coach repeated many of the behaviors he already had when he played with the Barça shirt

Xavi Hernndez, during a moment of the game.Quique GarciaEFE

The Camp Nou received Xavi with great enthusiasm. Despite the fact that the stadium was far from full when the PA first mentioned his name, it has already received a warm standing ovation. The revolution that the new coach is obliged to implement in Bara and that has already left its first brushstrokes since his return to the club also had its continuity in the previous exercises of the warm-up of the game. The ball, again, has a lot of prominence. Not surprisingly, he already assured the day of his presentation that he wants the players to have fun training. And for that, in its manual, it is essential that the ball is involved. Something that, in fact, was already done in those days when Johan Cruyff was on the bench.

“I am happy with the attitude and satisfied with the result, but we have suffered a lot. Nobody wins easily today, but we have to improve. We will play better,” he said after his first night as a Barça coach.

Just as the stands did at all times, Vicente Moreno, the Espanyol coach, also made complicit gestures to him in the moments before the start of the game. Before each other more than three points were at stake. Since then, the new Barcelona coach decided to follow the future of the meeting standing up, at the limit of the technical area. From there he gave instructions to his people, many times in Catalan, when both the coach and his interlocutor left them naturally. Something that, in fact, already happened in Pep’s stage Guardiola.

Of course, he took advantage of any interruption in the game to give more specific instructions to two of those veteran players from whom he plans to demand so much: Gerard Piqu and Sergio Busquets. The three of them shared a lot about the grass and he knows, perfectly well, that they can be their extension on the field of play. After the corresponding brief summits were finished, it was up to them to give the orders to the rest of the team. Eric GarciaAt some point, he also approached so that the new Barcelona coach could give him the corresponding doctrine.


Xavi knows that he has to make decisions. And he wants to be consistent with his philosophy. The casualties in attack due to the plague of injuries suffered by the team led him to introduce his particular first surprise in the starting team: the young man Ilias Akhomach. He is a winger with Moroccan roots, but was born in Igualada in April 2004. With his premiere, he became the tenth youngest debutant in the history of Bara, behind such illustrious names as those of Ansu Fati, Bojan krkic, Gavi or Leo Messi. He needed to open the field and decided to bet on it. Its premiere, however, lasted only 45 minutes. After the break, Abde, another young footballer who, in this case, was given the alternative Sergi Barjuan, in his brief tenure as a first team technician, was in charge of taking over from him.

Xavi’s intensity in living the game, continuously standing, was not reflected when celebrating his team’s scoring debut. There, the technician preferred to be restrained. It only exploded, in fact, when Espanyol brushed the tie with Nico injured on the grass.

Reference from elmundo