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A scintillating team goal from Qatari side Al Sadd SC shows manager Xavi has got his side playing some prime Barca ball.
The 41-year-old former Spain international, who spent 17 trophy-laden years at the Camp Nou, took over as Al Sadd boss in May 2019 and has since enjoyed some success, helping the club reach the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.
Back in May, it appeared he ended speculation linking him with the Barcelona job by signing a two-year contract extension at Al-Sadd but in recent months, Hernandez has been strongly linked with the role as Ronald Koeman's future remains in the balance.
Xavi's return to the club was always going to coincide with a period of crisis. Xavi himself has maintained that he would return to Barcelona at the dawn of a new era to start a project that was his to build.- total Barça (@totalBarca) October 1, 2021
No better time than now. pic.twitter.com/6POLURSjm4
In fact, the Catalan giants are in negotiations with Xavi over replacing the Dutchman as manager, according to 90min, with discussions over salary and other financial terms mentioned. So how would Barcelona look if their former midfielder took over?
A clip has gone viral of Al-Sadd scoring a ridiculous 'tiki-taka' goal against Al-Gharafa and it has got fans pining for Hernandez to take over at the Camp Nou.
This is straight out of Pep Guardiola's playbook.
Imagine Xavi running this style with Barcelona pic.twitter.com/t0wAhqLI46- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 5, 2021
How Xavi Hernández plays I would like to see him coach for Barcelona:heart::blue_heart:pic.twitter.com/bIdVWuKzAQ- Leo Messi (@Messi_10_30) October 4, 2021
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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