Xavi Hernandez mentioned on Friday Barcelona should convert the positivity round his arrival into outcomes, as he prepares for his first match in cost towards native rivals Espanyol this weekend.
Barca are ninth in La Liga forward of Saturday’s recreation at Camp Nou on, when a bumper crowd is anticipated to welcome Xavi home.
The 41-year-old performed 767 occasions for the membership and is extensively considered certainly one of their biggest ever gamers.
Xavi has a formidable job forward of him as coach, with Barcelona adrift of the highest 4, not to mention La Liga’s title race. The hope is that his appointment can kickstart a restoration.
“What I’ve seen in training I’ve liked,” mentioned Xavi in a press convention.
“We have the players and we will also need the fans. The club has to translate this positivity that exists at the moment into results, starting from tomorrow.”
The majority of Barca’s gamers solely returned from worldwide responsibility this week however others like Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Sergino Dest have been capable of start common classes with their new coach.
“We have tried with the players who have stayed during the break to implement our idea and to analyse Espanyol,” Xavi mentioned.
“We have not had many days to work together but a lot of the players already know our plans.”
Xavi mentioned “there may be some surprises” in his first beginning line-up though he was optimistic concerning the squad, in a notable distinction to the extra pessimistic assessments of his predecessor Ronald Koeman.
Asked what had stunned him most to date, Xavi mentioned: “The talent in the team.” He added: “I’ve seen tremendous commitment. I like what I’ve seen.”
Barcelona additionally welcomed Dani Alves again to the membership this week after signing the 38-year-old on a free switch.
Alves, who gained six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues with Barca, can’t play till January.
“He will improve us in all ways,” Xavi mentioned of his former team-mate.
“He is a winner, he has character. We have watched him play and he’s in good shape physically. And he’s a spectacular footballer, one of the best I’ve seen in my career.”
Xavi additionally had phrases of encouragement for Philippe Coutinho, who may very well be amongst these offered to boost funds for transfers in January.
“He has to regain confidence,” mentioned Xavi.
“We have spoken with him and he has to be important. He is a footballer with natural talent, he can score goals. Philippe will have opportunities for sure, because he is a footballer that I like.”