Santi Cazorla says that Xavi is eligible as a coach and feels he’s ready for Barcelona to take charge.
Santi Cazorla has built his reputation as one of Spanish football’s greatest creative players.
When he decided to leave Villareal to join Xavi in Qatar with Al-Sadd, he made a surprising decision.
Cazorla spoke highly of Xavi’s abilities as a coach in an interview with Diario AS and revealed that he felt his friend was fit to take over Barcelona.
“He started to like the course when he retired, and then he decided to do it,” Cazorla said of Xavi. For me, he was an example in that sense, the fact that he was waiting to decide. I want to have the same ideals once I retire. He’s eligible to be a teacher. You might say that tomorrow he would be able to coach Barcelona.
“He’s prepared, I guess. He has a strong understanding of the players and he knows how to handle them. Up until recently, he has been playing and knows how to squeeze the most out of them, but if you don’t win, it doesn’t matter how you play.
He likes to take chances, to come out with the ball from behind and he instills in us the way of seeing football. As a player as well as a mentor, he was a leader, and he gets his message out, which is the hardest thing. If the coach can’t get his message across in the dressing room, the results are very difficult.”
Xavi was seen in Barcelona as a potential Pep Guardiola-like character, someone who could enter the club and restore the identity that the iconic Catalan had instilled at the Camp Nou dugout in his charges.