Xavi: Video of his Al Sadd side playing tiki-taka shows how he can transform Barcelona

Xavi looks like he'll be the new Barcelona manager

It seems likely that Xavi Hernandez will be returning to his beloved Barcelona in due course.

The World Cup winner is expected to be the team's new manager after Ronald Koeman was given the boot following the 1-0 defeat away at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday evening.

That loss means Barcelona are currently ninth in the La Liga table and the situation at club has been deteriorating at a rapid pace for quite some time now.

Financially, the Blaugrana are an absolute mess and the departure of Lionel Messi had a seismic impact.

Optimism among fans is at an all-time low, but it's hoped that Xavi can reverse that.

Not only is he a legendary figure in Catalonia, the 41-year-old has been absolutely smashing it as manager of Al Sadd out in Qatar.

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The team are currently on a run of 34 games unbeaten and have won the Qatar Stars League and two Qatar Cups under Xavi's rule.

As well as enjoying success, Al Sadd play an incredibly attractive brand of football, one that's the spitting image of Pep Guardiola's iconic 'tiki-taka' Barcelona side.

Don't believe us? Well, take a look at the visual evidence in the sublime video compilation below.

Video: Xavi's Al Sadd playing tiki-taka

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The phrase 'poetry in motion' instantly springs to mind when watching that footage...

Yes, the standard of football out in Qatar pales in comparison to that of Spain or the Champions League, but that doesn't render Xavi's achievements in the Middle East worthless by any stretch of the imagination.

Al Sadd's passing in the clips above is quick, slick and - above all - hugely effective, which is exactly what Barcelona need right now.

For far too long, the Catalan outfit have been painfully passive when attempting to break down teams and it's made them a fairly easy opponent to face.

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That's simply not acceptable for a team that ruled world football for close to a decade not so long ago.

Can Xavi bring back the halcyon days of trophies and liquid football at Barcelona? We obviously can't say for certain, but there's reason for cautious optimism.

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