Rivaldo says incoming Barcelona manager Xavi has a ‘tough mission ahead’ and has told his former team-mate he needs to sign ‘three new players’ in January to improve the squad.
Club legend Xavi is the favourite to replace Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp after the Dutchman was sacked at the end of last month.
Under Koeman, Barcelona amassed just 15 points from ten games in La Liga and suffered two defeats in the group stage of the Champions League.
Rivaldo admits taking over the Spanish giants is a tough ask for inexperienced manager Xavi and says he needs to strengthen his squad as soon as possible.
‘Xavi is about to become Barcelona manager and he has a tough mission ahead,’ Rivaldo told Betfair.
‘But a few shrewd signings in the January transfer window could boost his chances of success this season.
‘The team needs two or three new players to reinforce the squad, but Xavi will also need to get the best out of his current players, adapting the style of play to their qualities and bonding nicely with his group.
‘There is a lot of young talent in the squad, and they need freedom to develop all their qualities. At the same time, Barcelona need more experienced players to take responsibility so that the youngsters aren’t overwhelmed by pressure.
‘The team can and should utilize young players but they cannot rely on them at the beginning of their careers.’
Xavi, who is currently at Qatari club Al Sadd, has admitted he wants to return ‘home’ to Barcelona but says an agreement is yet to be reached.
‘It’s a question of common sense and in the end it has to happen,’ the 41-year-old said.
‘I am excited. I’m really looking forward to returning home. I hope it happens. It would be spectacular to coach Barca.
‘The two clubs are in conversations. I can’t say a lot more but I’m a positive person. They have to reach an agreement.
‘That’s where it’s at. The two clubs know my position and I hope there is a solution soon.’
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