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Pep Guardiola on the Xavi to Barcelona rumours: “He’s ready for the job”

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Ahead of the Premier League weekend, Pep Guardiola addressed the media as part of his pre-game press conference, speaking about his current (Manchester City) and former club (Barcelona).

The manager was not only quizzed about Ronald Koeman’s sacking but also the possible appointment of Xavi Hernandez, who was a key part of his team when Guardiola was in Barcelona.

When asked if he thought Xavi would take over at Barcelona, the Spaniard dismissed having any knowledge of the rumours, but admitted that he was certainly up and ready for the task at hand.

“I don’t know what will happen. They have an interim manager and I wish him luck, he’s a close friend. Xavi, if it happens, I don’t have any doubts he’s ready to do the job. He knows the environment which is so important.”

Pep then talked about the potential Barcelona manager’s qualities and experience, comparing them to his own when he took over as head coach in 2008.

“He knows the game, has passion. He has more experience now than I had when I took over. Koeman knows and Sergi knows and Xavi and I know, the success depends on the recruitment and the players. People forget we’re responsible but our influence is more minimal.”

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona dominated world football for years at a stretch. The Manchester City coach, however, attributed his success to the quality of the players.

“The success I had was because of the quality of the players. Xavi of course is really good, I wish if Xavi is the next manager him all the best and hopefully step by step the team can come back.”

He then proceeded to talk about Ronald Koeman’s sacking. Pep said that results were of utmost importance in the managerial sphere and wished him luck.

“Ronald and myself know exactly that we depend, live, expect and we’re there for results. Nobody can survive without results, not Koeman, not Pep. He’s a friend of mine, I wish him the best and will see him soon.”

Guardiola continued to talk about his former teammate, praising him for the work he had done with Barcelona youngsters, promoting the likes of Oscar Mingueza and Pedri, while giving ample minutes to Gavi, Ilaix Moriba, Ronald Araujo among others.

“I’m sure he did good things for the young players in the academy. Everybody knows it, doesn’t matter what you do it depends on the job.”

Source: CityXtra

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