Monday, May 23

“We are Barça and we have to try to win every single game” – Xavi

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And that ends Xavi’s presentation, which finished with Xavi posing with the Barcelona shirt with Joan Laporta once again. Thanks for joining us!

You’ve been talking more about work than style. Is that what you’re going to offer your team and is that what is needed right now?

Yes, this is the point. It’s very important from the first moment that we put rules on the team. This is the main point. Then we can talk about values, respect, attitude, effort. This is very important because if we don’t have these values, we don’t have a team. And then we can talk about the game model, the way to play, how we are going to attack, how we are going to defend. But for me the first thing is to put these rules and we can decide how we play.

Perhaps someone who could join your team is Carles Puyol, or Andres Iniesta, who represent Barcelonismo very well, just like Gerard Piqué, or perhaps Dani Alves, Mascherano, these type of individuals could help you in this current situation?

(Joan Laporta answers): “Well they are already helping, given the good relationship that we have with them. Each of them have their own obligations and roles such is the case with Puyol. Communication with him is either through me or through members of the board, with Andres as well. Andres has given me his support in these difficult times, through WhatsApp. He’s very excited about Xavi’s arrival. Mascherano, as well, even though I didn’t have him as a player there is a great relationship through messages.

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Piqué is obviously a player of ours and he is 100% involved in the project and Dani Alvés is very active and trying to help the club in different aspects and he’s also offered his help from a sporting perspective. So Xavi needs to decide with his staff the proper course of action to follow. First immediate, and also, long-term. He knows there is a large umbrella of players that can help him at any given moment to make sure that him and his team will compete once again.”

“Tomorrow morning we will start and I am really, really excited. I am back at home, we are in a tough situation in the club, financially, also we are not in out best sporting moment. But we have the ambition, we have to go together with all our fans, and we have to grow.”

Xavi now begins to speak: “Well first of all I’m very emotional about how the fans have received me. I am really thankful to the club for the effort … I am really excited. I want to start working tomorrow morning.”

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