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Al Sadd confirmed on Friday that Xavi Hernández will take over as FC Barcelona’s new manager, which is welcome news for many Barcelona fans who have been waiting for this moment since Ronald Koeman’s dismissal was announced on October 27, after which Barcelona officials traveled to Doha to negotiate Xavi’s release from Al Sadd.

When would Xavi’s make his debut as Barcelona coach?

When would Xavi’s make his debut as Barcelona coach?

Following the forthcoming international break, all eyes will be on Xavi on November 20 when he makes his managerial debut for Barcelona in a crucial derby against city rivals Espanyol.

Because the game will be played at Camp Nou, the immortal legend will make a big comeback, with thousands of Blaugrana fans anticipated to greet him warmly.

This debut is important not just for their LaLiga status, but also to inject some positivity, especially after Barcelona’s recent poor outings. However, because it is a derby, it is likely to be a challenging game to begin with.

Barcelona is currently ninth in LaLiga, nine points behind champions Real Sociedad and eight points behind everlasting rivals Real Madrid. At the present, a title challenge is less important than finishing fourth and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

This is not, however, the only difficult encounter that Xavi Hernández will have to face in the coming weeks. After Espanyol, the next four games are not much easier, with Benfica, Villarreal, Betis, and Bayern on the schedule.

The reality is that Barça’s slow start under Koeman has put a lot of pressure on the team, and the ex-midfielder faces the job of swiftly getting them back into shape in all competitions.

Xavi is well aware that he will have to ‘fix’ Barcelona, but many believe that once he gets them purring along in the manner that he will require, a return to success will not be far away.