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Xavi explains how Pep Guardiola has influenced his coaching style

The Barcelona legend has been talking tactics

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Xavi has been talking about how his coaching style is similar to Pep Guardiola’s and how his former boss has influenced his managerial career.

The Barcelona legend is in his first coaching job as manager of Qatari side Al Sadd and has already made it clear he wants to take charge of his former club at some point in the future.

Xavi also discussed how he wants his teams to play:

“My concept is very similar. Guardiola also wants to be dominant, he wants to have the ball, strong possession, lots of attacking movements... It’s ultimately about being proactive within the game.

“It’s about skilfully attacking the opponent in a certain way. In this sense it is not my idea.

“I’ve learned a lot with Guardiola, from the way he is, the ambition he has, the desire and passion that he feels. He’s a football-obsessed tactician and it has been a pleasure to be around him.

Source | Man City

Xavi turned down the Barca job in January, saying at the time he felt it had come too early in his managerial career, but it still seems inevitable he will return sooner or later.

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