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Xavi speaks for the first time as Barcelona manager

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Barcelona’s new manager and club legend spoke to the media for the first time about his new role and expectations at Camp Nou.

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Xavi Hernandez is determined to bring order back at Barcelona in what he describes as a ‘medium-long term’ project.

 After six-and-a-half years away from Camp Nou, Xavi is back. The 41-year-old has replaced Ronald Koeman as head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract until June 2024. He will take charge of first-team training on Tuesday after his official presentation on Monday afternoon.

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“I arrive at a delicate moment, but I feel prepared,” he told Barca TV. “I know that we are generating enthusiasm. It is necessary to put order and have the maximum demand.

“The project is medium-long term. There is a team to do great things.”

The former midfielder also opened up on what he expects from his players and how he aims to change things.

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Xavi continued: “Training sessions will demand a lot. We have to recover many things, especially the pressure after a loss in possession.”

“There is a team and there is talent. I will try to transmit my experience to the players to achieve titles.”

He added: “I’m going to demand a lot from the players, but I will help them. For me it is an advantage to know the captains, [Sergio] Busquets, [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba, [Sergio] Roberto, and players like [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen.”

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Xavi will make his debut as Barcelona manager in a Catalan derby against Espanyol on November 20 at Camp Nou.