Celta Vigo and Spain striker Iago Aspas has issued his verdict on Barcelona’s appointment of Xavi Hernandez and the re-signing of Dani Alves.
Koeman was sacked following a difficult start to the campaign and Xavi now has the tough task of turning things around with a small budget.
The former midfielder is also making a very big step up with his only managerial experience coming in two successful years in Qatar with Al-Sadd.
But according to experienced Celta striker Aspas, the experience shouldn’t hold back a personality like Xavi.
“The arrival of Xavi to the Barca bench is very good,” he told Cadena Ser via Sport. “He doesn’t have experience but neither did Guardiola in his time.
“If he is half as good a coach as he was as a footballer, it will be good for the league.”
Aspas also issued his verdict on the arrival of Alves, who re-signed for Barca this week as a 38-year-old, five years after leaving the club.
“Dani Alves has lived many situations in his long career, so much more good than bad,” added Aspas.
“He is going to contribute with seniority and to everything that is not seen in a dressing room.”
Alves won’t actually be able to play for Barca until January, but he should add plenty of experience and knowhow behind the scenes as Xavi and his men look to climb out of their current predicament.