Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has backed Xavi Hernandez to do a ‘great job’ at Camp Nou.
The former midfielder returns after six years with Al-Sadd in Qatar, four years as a player and two as a head coach.
A very difficult job awaits Xavi at Barca, the club currently in ninth place in La Liga and unable to spend their way out of trouble amid a financial crisis.
But Barca forwards Coutinho is backing him to succeed after watching his presentation from afar, currently on international duty with Brazil.
Coutinho said at a Brazil press conference: “I know that he is a great guy. I am sure he will do a great job at Barcelona.
“I hope that he can have a lot of success with the group that we have. He did a great job in Qatar.”
Xavi won a number of titles in Qatar, but he faces a much more tricky task in Barca with a top four finish the absolute minimum expected for this term, despite the team’s difficult start under now former boss Ronald Koeman.