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Steven Gerrard gives verdict on Xavi’s start at Barcelona

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The Aston Villa manager praises Barca officials for the ‘masterstroke’ appointment of their former player.

Since making his return to Camp Nou, Xavi Hernandez has enjoyed a brilliant start to his managerial career at Barcelona. The Catalans crushed Real Madrid 4-0 in their last game before the international break, showcasing their impressive improvement under Xavi.

Speaking after a charity match between Barcelona and Liverpool legends on Saturday, Steven Gerrard said he is happy to see Barca getting back to their best form.

“I think with the appointment of Xavi, it was a masterstroke by Barcelona,” the Villa manager said. “[He is] someone who has got Barcelona in his DNA and who has been a world-class player for many years.

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“He obviously knows the style and what all the Barcelona people want to see. And after some challenging times it looks as if they’re getting back to where they need to be.

“It was obviously a huge result against Real Madrid, and as a fan of Barcelona from afar, it’s good to see them back and firing well.”

He added on Xavi: “He’s on a similar journey to myself, very young, very new. 

“I’m sure he’s learning a lot every day like myself, but I’d like to give him a personal good luck message. I hope he makes it a big success and I’d love to see him at Barcelona for many years.”

Barcelona will face Sevilla in their first match after the international break on April 3.