Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: Xavi, Koeman … The locker room decides on the big change!

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. by The editorial staff

After having lived the beginning of the season with Ronald Koeman on the bench of FC Barcelona, ​​Eric Garcia is now under the orders of Xavi. While the center-back is indebted to the Dutchman, the 20-year-old makes no secret of his enthusiasm for playing for the former Barcelona midfielder's side.

During the last summer transfer window, Eric Garcia freely signed up until 2026 with FC Barcelona after the expiration of his contract with Manchester City . A return to his roots for the Spaniard, since the latter has spent most of his training with Masia . Upon his arrival in Catalonia , Eric Garcia quickly went through tenure under the orders of Ronald Koeman . However, the Dutchman is no longer the coach of Barça since his ouster on October 28 following the poor results of the club. Since then, the legend Xavi has taken place on the Catalan bench. A recruitment much appreciated by Eric Garcia , but who does not forget Ronald Koeman

“I think Ronald should be thanked for everything he has done ”

In an interview for the Catalan daily Sport, Eric Garcia expressed his support for Ronald Koeman despite the dismissal of the Dutch technician: “Sometimes, for x reasons, things don't work, but I think Ronald needs to be thanked for everything he's done. It has helped me a lot personally from the start and I can only thank him. In the end, the change being made with Xavi, with this mentality that really appeals to the player, it's positive. »While Xavi has still not led any official game at the head of Barça, Eric Garcia however seems to be already completely conquered by the legend of the Blaugrana …

“It is clear that at the moment Xavi is the right person to be here”

During this same interview for Sport, Eric Garcia did not fail to compliment Xavi following the enthronement of the Spanish coach on the bench of FC Barcelona : “I have only been able to train since Monday, but what I saw is that Xavi is a legend of the club, he knows the house perfectly and you can see the system of play which is the same than the one he had as a player when Pep and Luis Enrique were around. And the character he prints is very important to the team. I remember seeing Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta in the middle of the pitch, and being able to share the dressing room with Busi while Xavi is the coach, two legends of the club … it's something very special and that I would never have imagined. It is clear that at the moment Xavi is the right person to be here. He is a legend of the club, he knows him perfectly, he will help us a lot, he has been through these situations and has a very high level of coach. It remains to be seen whether Xavi will make his debut with Barça , in the derby against Espanyol de Barcelona scheduled for Saturday in Liga .

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