Guardiola offers his verdict on Xavi’s return to Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has been asked for his thoughts on Xavi taking over as Barcelona coach and thinks the former midfielder will be able to turn things around at the Camp Nou.

Xavi was officially presented on Monday and faces a challenge with the team struggling in La Liga and already 11 points off top spot.

Guardiola obviously knows Xavi very well and while he didn’t seem to like comparisons between the two he does think the 41-year-old can offer a lot to the Catalan giants.

“I wasn’t the heir to anybody and Xavi doesn’t have to be my heir,” he said.

“If Joan Laporta and the board have chosen Xavi then it’s because there are millions of pros and few cons.

“He knows the club and will bring positive energy, given how he enjoys football and because of his dedication. He always sees the positive side of things.

“With his class, dedication and effort, I’m sure he’ll improve the club’s situation.”

Source | Marca

Meanwhile Xavi was asked about Guardiola at a news conference after his unveiling and made it clear how highly he regards his former coach. He said, “If they compare me to Guardiola then it’s something very positive, he’s the best manager in the world.

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