Xavi already directs to the Barça and establishes his norms

Xavi and Laporta, in the dressing room of the sports city of Sant Joan Despí.

Xavi and Laporta, in the dressing room of the sports city of Sant Joan Despí.

In four months, Joan Laporta He has entered the dressing room of the sports city of Sant Joan Despí with three different coaches. First with Ronald Koeman; then with Sergi Barjuan. And now with Xavi Hernandez, willing to recover the culture of effort in a squad weakened by the numerous injuries it has suffered in recent weeks.

Laporta listened to the speech given by the new Barça coach to his players, although 10 of them are on exodus with the national teams. The rules of coexistence of Xavi They are very rigid, evoking those that marked in his day Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2008.

One of the first measures taken by the club has been the march of Albert Roca, the physical trainer who came with Koeman in August 2020, and Juanjo Brau, the head of the Barça club’s physiotherapists.

From there, Xavi takes command of all areas that have a direct impact on the first team of the Barça. “When there is order and discipline, things go well and when there is no order, things go wrong,” recalled the coach in his staging at the Camp Nou.

Xavi greets Dembélé in the dressing room of the sports city of Sant Joan Despí. FC Barcelona

The control will be absolute and obsessive. Even the smallest detail forcing, as revealed by the newspaper AS, to be, for example an hour and a half before in the changing room of the sports city instead of the previous 60 minutes that they fixed Koeman or Setien, the last two coaches. There will also be an exhaustive control of the arrivals of each player under the supervision of Carlos Naval, the team delegate.

Recover fines

This morning, on his first visit to the office that he will occupy in the sports city, Xavi He arrived at eight thirty, two and a half hours before the start of training. A custom that already had other ancestors, such as Guardiola and Koeman.

In addition, it is required to have lunch, something that was already mandatory, and eat in the same sports city, in addition to recovering the financial fines when certain orders issued by Xavi. Those types of fines will go upwards. The slightest, 100 euros, then the 200 will come. And if a third is repeated it would rise to 400. And so on without end.

A measure, economic punishment, which had been abandoned in recent seasons, including the obligation that 48 hours before a game you can not get home.

Xavi has started working under minima. In a precarious condition. Punished for injuries. He has worked with the available players together with seven young people from Barça B: Comas, Mika Mármol, Álvaro Sanz, Ez Abde, Jutglà, Aranda and Ilias Akhomach. On his first day in office, the new coach has been accompanied by Laporta, Rafael Yuste, the sports vice president, Mateu Alemany, the football director, Ramon Planes, head of the technical secretariat, and Jordi Cruyff, the director of the international area. of the club.


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