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Barcelona centre back speaks on Koeman’s dismissal and Xavi’s rules

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Oscar Mingueza recently spoke to TV3 on the recent managerial change at the club. The youngster was all praise for Xavi Hernanadez but did have some shocking revelations about the dressing room under Ronald Koeman.

Mingueza quickly opened up about the unpleasant atmosphere in the dressing room before the change. He said that a change of air was much needed.

“The dressing room needed a change. There wasn’t the atmosphere we needed. Some weren’t happy & when you’re not well and things are wrong, you need a change of air. I’m sure it’s going to be great for us with Xavi, he’s come in well.” (h/t Mundo Deportivo)

He then added that the players believed in the new manager and his vision: “The people believe in what Xavi says & that’s important.”

The Spanish International also highlighted the more specific training work that was based on what was expected on the field.

“The exercises are very focused on the idea of what we want to do on the field. We are clearer about this idea. And we do it with the maximum intensity, pressure, work, quality..”

He then went on to say that the team had no direction under the previous manager. Mingueza emphasized that every player was playing on their own accord, and the collective effort was always lacking.

“The team stopped relying on the idea [under RK] and everyone was trying to fix their own things. We weren’t good – individually or collectively. When the dynamics aren’t good, everyone does what they can but we didn’t believe in what we wanted either.”

Yet, the centre-back was confident that good days were to come under Xavi. He also said that it would not take long for the results to be seen:

“I’m sure things will change now [under Xavi] and we’ll get better and I don’t think we’ll have to wait two or three months to see these changes. From this weekend, new things will be seen.”

A lot has been made about the strict rules put in place by the new coach. However, Mingueza said they were normal and added that he already had similar rules at the youth level.

“He’s [Xavi] just put some order and discipline in. But these are rules I already had at youth teams and Barça B. Although, now the fines are a little more expensive! For me, it is strange that these rules were not there until now.”

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