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Pep Guardiola backs former Barcelona protege to become Barcelona manager

Pep Guardiola believes former Barcelona protege Xavi will manage the Catalan club “sooner or later”.

Pep Guardiola expects ex-Barcelona protege Xavi to manage the Catalan Giants “sooner or later” and seemed excited by the prospect of the former midfielder taking charge at the Camp Nou. The current Manchester City boss assembled one of the greatest sides world football has ever seen during his reign at the Nou Camp. Xavi spent 17 years in the first team at Barca establishing himself as one of the club’s all-time greats during the club’s golden era. 

The Spanish midfielder was central to Guardiola’s remarkable Barca side that won three La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues between 2008 and 2012. His ball control and retention in midfield was crucial to Guardiola’s tiki-taka system. The Spaniard made over 700 appearances for the club across an illustrious 17-year spell before moving to Qatari outfit Al Sadd where played for four years before taking up a managerial role with the same club.

Xavi made a fine start to his career in charge of Al Sadd, winning his first trophy in August in the Qatar Super Cup. His team however hit a bit of a bad patch in October losing three games in a row before being knocked out of the 2019 AFC Champions League 2019 in the semi-finals by Al Hilal. Xavi has made no secret of his desire to return to Barca as manager one day and Guardiola believes that the Spaniard has what it takes to succeed as a manager in the long run.

Guardiola said that his student would inevitably follow his footsteps to manage his footsteps to manage Barcelona sooner or later. The Manchester City boss recently spoke about the 39 year old in an interview with Catalunya Radio where he stated that Xavi always had the potential to be a fine manager. The Manchester City boss went on to add that it was only a matter of time before he was back at the club where he won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues.

Xavi was already a manager when he played. His eyes sparkled watching football. He will be a manager for sure. There are people who play and you would never say they will be managers. This is not the case. Xavi could be a manager wherever he likes, not just at Barcelona. You have to give him time. Sooner or later, he will manage Barcelona,” Guardiola told Catalonia Radio.

“He’s still young, he knows football, he watches it, he has passion, dedication, he is brave and bold and he says things clearly too. It would excite me to see him manage Barcelona. On top of everything, he likes to manage and he focuses on everything,” he added.

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