Guardiola sends message to Xavi


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has sent a message to his ex-player Xavi Hernandez after he was unveiled as FC Barcelona's new manager. 

On Monday, the LaLiga giants presented their new boss to a crowd of about 9 000 fans at the Camp Nou, and among those in attendance was Guardiola, who got to see his former player take his first steps in the same shoes he once wore. 

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The 41-year-old has been tasked with getting this Barca team back up the table as they currently lie in the ninth position, and is set to begin his tenure on Tuesday morning when he takes his first official training session, according to the club's website.  

Xavi made sure to praise his former coach Guardiola during an introductory press conference, and the Citizens head coach has followed suit, and also rejected comparisons between them, saying that ex-Al-Sadd boss must be himself. 

"I wasn't the heir to anybody and Xavi doesn't have to be my heir," Guardiola said at a charity golf tournament held to raise funds for former Blaugrana coach Juan Carlos Unzue's fight against ALS, per Marca. 

"If Joan Laporta and the board have chosen Xavi, then it's because there are millions of pros and few cons. 

"He knows the club and will bring positive energy, given how he enjoys football and because of his dedication. He always sees the positive side of things. 

"With his class, dedication and effort, I'm sure he'll improve the club's situation." 

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The former Blaugrana head coach also addressed Barca's reported interest in some of City's stars.  

"If Barcelona is interested in one of our players, they will start the machinery, it is an ocean liner. Barcelona, in good and bad, can do what they want, " Guardiola said, per Mundo Deportivo. 

"Barcelona continues to be an attractive club, more than attractive.  

"The city, the club, history and this for the coaches, for the players, always seduces a lot." 

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