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The Spaniard had been linked with an emotional return to the club earlier this year, but he felt it was too soon.
He decided to stay in the Qatar Stars League and Al Sadd won their last game 4-1. But the real talking point was their fourth goal, which looked straight out of Pep Guardiola's Barca.
A passing move beautifully flows from defence to attack with all the tricks and flicks you'd expect, before an effortless cutback let Baghdad Bounedjah tap in uncontested.
Tiene mala pinta lo de Xavi como entrenador. Así de difícil la mueve el Al Sadd. pic.twitter.com/ufBpSwGnRd
- Iniestazo (@INIE8TAZO) December 14, 2020
The Qatar Stars League is a lower quality than La Liga as a whole, but Xavi being able to coach in that style will please Barcelona fans who think the club have lost their identity.
They sit eighth in the table and while Ronald Koeman was only appointed in the summer, pressure already seems to be building.
Fans have reacted to the goal and they're desperate to see World Cup winner Xavi get a shot at the job one day.
Bloody hell this looks like Pep Guardiola's Barcelona! Except it's Xavi's Al Sadd in Qatar.#Barcelona pic.twitter.com/i4MXZM9GpI
- Barca GameDay (@BarcaGameDay) December 15, 2020
:information_source: While Koeman is struggling with Barcelona, Xavi breaks all the records in Qatar.
:information_source: Al Sadd have had a perfect start: 7 wins, 1 draw, 31 goals scored, 7 conceded.
:information_source: They are the only unbeaten team in the league with the best attacking & defensive records.
Via: @diarioas pic.twitter.com/IzFB1kdex2
- BarcaBuzz (@Barca_Buzz) December 10, 2020
This is what Xavi is doing with his Al Sadd team. This is pure masterclass. :fire: Who's Lampard?:joy::joy:
- Koose Nipa:bust_in_silhouette: (@branik7) December 14, 2020
Bring home this Xaviball asap pic.twitter.com/YJ0IP9x6H6
- Iso :fire: (@Bluegrenades) December 14, 2020
Xavi was a Barcelona player for 17 years and has thoughts on what he'd do in the Camp Nou hotseat.
He told El Pais: "I am delighted to continue gaining coaching experience and challenging myself, but of course it would be a privilege for me to train Barca one day.
"I'd want a dream team, with Jordi Cruyff, Carles Puyol and some current players.
"I would like to make a team with important people who know the club, people who I trust and will be loyal to me."
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