Xavi is expected to be named Barcelona’s new manager, according to multiple reports including Fabrizio Romano.
The 41-year-old has reportedly agreed to take over from Ronald Koeman, who was sacked after Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Thursday evening.
Xavi is one of the best players in the club’s history.
He made 767 appearances for the club, hitting the back of the net 85 times. He also helped Barca to 25 trophies, including eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.
Barca were always confident that Xavi would go on to become one of La Masia’s best graduates.
Xavi joined the club in 1991 at the age of 11. Three years later, when he was 14, his coaches made a report card about him which recorded his strengths and weaknesses.
The report card came to light in a book by Cristian Martin titled: La Masia. It makes for fascinating viewing. See it for yourself below…
Marca translated the report card from Spanish to English. Read what the coaches thought about Xavi below…
“Running: He runs on his heels, his movements are slow and he has trouble picking up speed.”
“Coordination: Good. His movements are correct, but lack speed.”
“Flexibility: Average. He needs a lot of work in this regard.”
“Skill: Good, without it being his forte. He has the resources in his game to take advantage of any situation.”
“Fitness: Good. He has everything a good midfielder should.”
“Muscle endurance: Good.”
“Speed: Average. He has to improve his agility and speed of movement.”
“Starting Speed: Average.”
“Rapid strength: Average.”
Control: Excellent. He offsets his lack of speed in movement with exceptional ball control.”
Passing: Very good. He should improve with his left foot, but this is his great strength on the pitch.”
Crossing: Good. He is almost never forced into this action.”
Shooting: Acceptable. He should improve this for when he gets forward in attack, like Guardiola.”
Running: Very good. He has a good sense of protecting the ball, he almost never loses it.”
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Dribbling: Good. Without being his best asset, his technical level is impressive.”
Positioning: Excellent. It is undoubtedly his best quality. He is always where he should be and always offers support and an option for teammates.”
Aggression: Average. His eminently technical style sometimes makes this aspect difficult to judge.”
Barca’s coaches clearly thought a lot of Xavi. He went on to prove why they had so much faith in him as he enjoyed a wonderful playing career.”