March 9, 2021

Xavi says teaching Barca stays his ‘major aim’ – soccer



Xavi Hernandez, who’s teaching Al-Sadd in Qatar, says his “major aim” is to educate Barcelona the place he received a bunch of trophies, however he’s targeted on his present job. Xavi additionally mentioned he was “nice” after testing optimistic for coronavirus.

“I don’t cover, and I’ve at all times mentioned, that my major aim, when it occurs, is Barca. It’s my residence and could be a dream,” mentioned Xavi in an interview revealed Tuesday within the Madrid sports activities newspaper Marca.

“However now I’m targeted on Al-Sadd, excited concerning the new season. When Barca comes, within the quick or long run, it’s going to come,” he mentioned, including that he didn’t need to destabilise the present coach, Quique Setien.

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“Above all, we now have to respect Quique Setien and I want the staff all the perfect,” mentioned Xavi. “Typically Barca performs very effectively, generally effectively, and generally not so effectively. However I like Setien’s concept, now and together with his earlier groups: to dominate and to make a phenomenal sport.”

Xavi’s title has come up repeatedly as a alternative for Setien, however membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists he’s sticking together with his present coach.

“I’ve a wonderful relationship with Xavi and we talked about many points. However subsequent yr Quique Setien has a contract and he’s the one we employed,” Bartomeu advised Barcelona-based sports activities newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Sunday.

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Xavi has been quarantined in Qatar after catching COVID-19.

“I really feel good, though remoted, logically. And I’m wanting ahead to coaching quickly,” he mentioned.

Xavi, who performed for Al-Sadd from 2015 to 2019 after which grew to become coach, additionally mentioned he thought Qatar would host a “historic” World Cup in 2022.

“It is going to be an historic Cup, definitely. Individuals are going to be shocked at what the nation is like. Usually, there are a whole lot of prejudices and a whole lot of unfounded criticism. Qatar has every part: a small, hospitable and beneficiant nation,” he mentioned.

He added that he regarded ahead to seeing former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi enjoying on the World Cup.

“I see Leo enjoying till he desires to. Bodily, he’s quick, sturdy, a aggressive beast, a bodily animal. I’ve little doubt that he’ll play at Qatar 2022,” Xavi mentioned.