What is Xavi's record as manager?

Robin Bairner
Al Sadd head coach Xavi is in line to be named Barcelona head coach

While fans of the Catalan side will be delighted by the sight of Xavi back at Barcelona, the young manager will undoubtedly have a huge task on his hands.

Not only will the former Spain international have to steer the club back towards the top of La Liga and out of a tricky Champions League group, but he’ll likely have to do so without much money at all to spend in the January transfer window.

Indeed, for Xavi to be a real success at his former club, he’ll have to quickly prove that he has the coaching talent to match the sparkling talent he showed on the pitch.

So what can we deduce from Xavi’s short managerial career to date?

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Xavi’s record at Al Sadd

Xavi, Barcelona

Xavi has been in charge of Al Sadd since 2019, upon which he signed a two-year deal that was extended during the summer of 2021 when it was speculated that he was being lined up to take over from Koeman at Camp Nou.

The 41-year-old has overseen 89 matches at Al Sadd and posts an impressive 61 wins – a win percentage of 68.5%.

During the 2021/22 campaign, Xavi’s Al Sadd side are dominating the Qatar Stars League and have won all of their first seven fixtures in the competition, having won a domestic treble last term.

Xavi's managerial stats

Games89
Wins61
Draws12
Losses16
Goals For245
Goals Against112
Win %68.5

They have won all seven of their league fixtures to date and, most interestingly for Barcelona fans, they have been winning their matches in style. Al Sadd have scored 29 goals in the league already this season.

Indeed, exciting attacking football has been a feature of Xavi’s management, with his side averaging 2.75 goals per game over his 89 fixtures.

Despite these promising figures, a return to Barcelona for Xavi promises to be a far greater test.