Xavi Hernandez must shake off Messi effect according to Bernd Schuster

Xavi Hernandez ‘must shake off the Messi effect’ as Barcelona coach according to Bernd Schuster…as German backs midfield great to bring apathetic fans back to Nou Camp

  • Bernd Schuster believes Xavi is the right man to get Barcelona back on track
  • The German believes Xavi should shake Lionel Messi’s shadow off the club
  • For Schuster, the club’s downfall began when Luis Enrique left in 2017 
  • The German also thinks Xavi can help galvanise the club’s apathetic fanbase

Former Barcelona player Bernd Schuster believes Xavi Hernandez is the right man to get the struggling Catalans back on track.

And the German has some advice for the incoming coach: shake off the shadow of Lionel Messi on the club.

Xavi is set to be named Barca coach imminently after Al-Sadd announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement with the Catalans to release the midfield great, who has been at the Qatari club since 2015, first as a player and then as a manager when he hung up his boots in 2019.

Xavi Hernandez (pictured) is the right man to get Barcelona back on track, says Bernd Schuster

Schuster, who played for Barcelona for eight years, believes Xavi can get fans excited again

The club Xavi is set to take charge of is a far cry from the one the player left in 2015 just after hoisting the Champions League trophy, which completed a remarkable treble in Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.

For Schuster, the club’s downfall began when Luis Enrique left the club in 2017 and they became enthralled to Messi without thinking about the future.

‘First of all the club must shake off the Messi syndrome,’ Schuster, who played for Barca between 1980 and 1988, told German newspaper Bild.

‘They need to be very honest when it comes to analysing what the current squad offers, unite the youngsters and veterans by getting them to play the same way and give them a style of play which fits with their potential, even if it’s not what the fans want right now after getting used to seeing Tiki Taka at it’s best.’

Schuster believes Xavi is the right man for the job due to his history with the club and his status as former captain and midfield puppet master of their greatest ever era.

Schuster believes Barca need to move on from Lionel Messi’s shock departure in August

Messi and Xavi played in the same Barca side for a decade, winning four Champions League titles together

‘In my opinion Xavi is the right man for the job, he has a lot of credit in the bank because his popularity and he will get the time to construct a team and strengthen them little by little once it’s financially possible,’ Schuster added.

The German also thinks Xavi, who played 767 games for Barcelona and was their all-time highest appearance maker before Messi overtook him, can help galvanise the club’s fanbase after many have stayed away from the Nou Camp this season. 

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Barca’s stadium was close to full every week when Xavi was playing but attendances have been desperately poor this campaign.

Schuster (third from left, top row) lit up Barcelona’s midfield for eight years

The club failed to sell out the ‘Clasico’ against Real Madrid last month and only 47,000 fans turned up to the 99,000-capacity arena for the 3-1 win over Valencia.

‘Barca needs to have more than 40,000 fans watching them,’ added Schuster, who also played for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and spent most of his coaching career in Spain, taking charge of Getafe, Real and Malaga.

‘Seeing the Nou Camp looking empty hurts me a lot. Only Xavi can ensure the stadium fills up again.’ 




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