Barcelona presented their new coach Xavi Hernandez in front of thousands of the club’s fans at the Camp Nou on Monday.
The 41-year-old Barcelona legend signed his contract that extends to 2024 on the field, accompanied by the club’s president, Juan Laporta.
“It’s a historic day for Barcelona,” Laporta said, feeling overwhelmed by the fans, at the presentation ceremony for the former midfielder, who was accompanied by his family. Welcome Xavi.
“Thank you all,” Xavi told the fans. I don’t want to get carried away by feelings but my body is shaking. It is the biggest club in the world and I will work hard to live up to the ambitions. Barcelona does not accept a draw or defeat. We have to win all the matches.
Barcelona had announced that it had reached an agreement with its legend Xavi to coach the struggling team in the Spanish Football League until 2024, to succeed Dutchman Ronald Koeman.
The Qatari Al Sadd agreed to leave Xavi in the middle of the season and allow him to coach the Catalan team, which he played with for 17 years, after his rise from the junior sector.
Xavi joined after Barcelona paid the penalty clause in his contract with Al Sadd.
Chafee said: I am very ready and prepared. We have to be responsible and have the ball in play, create chances and strive hard. We have a mission to recover a lot of things that the club has lost.
Xavi returns to Barcelona after six years since his last match with the team when he beat Juventus in the 2015 Champions League final, which is the club’s last title in the competition.
Barcelona is ninth in the league, 11 points behind leaders Real Sociedad and 10 points behind its eternal rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona and its fans hope that Xavi will play the role of the savior amid a sports and administrative crisis for the club, which resulted in the departure of the historical scorer Messi and his move to Paris Saint-Germain this season.
Xavi played 767 games in the Barcelona shirt, the second most played player in the club’s history after Lionel Messi, and won 25 titles, most notably the Spanish League eight times and the Champions League four times.
He held the captaincy of Barcelona before concluding his playing career with Al Sadd for four years and then began his coaching career with him after retiring in 2019.
Barcelona sacked Koeman after losing 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga last month, which was the team’s fourth defeat in six matches in all competitions.
And last April, Xavi led Al Sadd to win the Qatar League title without defeat.
Xavi refused the opportunity to coach Barcelona in January 2020 after the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, but his name remained associated with the job even after Koeman was appointed to succeed Quique Setien in August last year.