Al-Sadd player Xavi Hernandez, a Barcelona legend, gave an interview to digital magazine The Tactical Room, in which he analysed Barcelona. Xavi hailed the appointment of Ernesto Valverde.
"I like the bet on Valverde. He's a prepared type, he has experience, he knows the club. He has lived the style and will do well. His arrival prompts a return to the orthodox style," said Xavi.
However he wasn't entirely happy with Barcelona. "In general Barceloan have been sleeping," he said. "They have to boost the cantera and their model of play. Young players have to learn this form of play so that when they arrive in the first team they already have the concepts properly learned. The cantera coaches have to make players, they have to teach them. You have to form them from the youngest ages. If you win, great, but that's not the objective."