Serial winner Xavi targets more success with Al Sadd SC
Doha: Spain and Barcelona great Xavi has declared that he is looking to repeat the incredible success he enjoyed as a player in his new role as head coach of Qatar giants Al Sadd SC.
The two-time FIFA World Cup winner retired from competitive football in May following a stellar career which also saw him claim a plethora of Spanish La Liga and UEFA Champions League crowns.
Having bowed out on a high thanks to 2018-19 Qatar Stars League title success as a player with Al Sadd, the 39-year-old is adamant that his thirst for silverware remains the same as his charges prepare for a new domestic campaign and knockout stage action in the 2019 AFC Champions League.
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“I am grateful to Al Sadd for the trust they gave me. It is true that this is the first time for me as a coach, but it is a great feeling,” he said.
“I know all the players, and the staff with me here are very experienced. They have worked with many clubs in different countries, which will help me a lot.
"Everyone knows that I love attacking football and retaining the ball. I was used to being a winner as a player, and I now want to win [just as much] after becoming a coach.”
Xavi was, however, also quick to admit that the initial mission ahead of Al Sadd is a difficult one, not least because of the three meetings they will have with Qatari rivals Al Duhail SC next month.
Al Sadd are scheduled to face Al Duhail over two legs in the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on August 6 and 13, before tackling them once again in the Qatar Super Cup on August 17.
“Al Duhail are among the best teams not only in Qatar, but also in the Middle East,” Xavi explained.
“We know them well, and we have a challenge ahead of us in both the AFC Champions League and the [Qatar] Super Cup.
“I promise Al Sadd fans that we will give our best. I can't promise the results, but we will compete strongly in all competitions and we will produce our best because we are the best team in Qatar.”
Photos: Al Sadd SC
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