Former Spanish star Xavi Hernandez - who twice crowned FIFA Club World Cup player with Barcelona (2009 and 2011) - returns to the World Cup clubs, but this time to be the coach of the Qatari Al Sadd team that has played in his ranks for the past four seasons.
FIFA has interviewed Xavi about his return after eight years as a coach in the tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Qatar, in the Al Sadd match with Hengen, champion of New Caledonia.
Xavi said that the responsibility now as a coach for the dam is greater when he was a player in Barcelona, because the player does not think of anything other than training, but now he runs a group of about 50 people, and it is his responsibility to prepare training classes and study the opponent, how he will attack, and how he will defend And all other tactical things.
Xavi stressed that his feeling when he was a player with the love of possession of the ball moved with him as a coach, where he adopts the idea of the need to take possession of the ball to impose control on the field, which is the same method that he was brought up in Barcelona and the Spanish team.
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Xavi pointed out that his dream in the World Cup clubs is to pass the Oceania champion (Hengen) and then the CONCACAF champion (Monterrey), to qualify for the semi-finals and face Liverpool, which he considers one of the three best teams in the world, and facing him will be a major reward.
Xavi expressed his admiration for all the coaches who managed to make a difference in their clubs, such as Simeone in Atletico Madrid, Guardiola, Juergen Club, Luis Aragones, Vicente del Bosque and Luis Enrique, as they all created a distinct identity for their teams.