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While the National Team finished its qualification for Qatar, in Barcelona Xavi was laying the first bricks of the difficult project to rebuild Ba


While the National Team finished its qualification for Qatar, in Barcelona Xavi was laying the first bricks of the difficult project to rebuild Barça, a complicated task for which he has general benevolence in principle. He is a good guy, he founded the academic school of La Masia, which produced the best Barça that has ever been known, with the street science of the ‘Sabio de Hortaleza’, of whom he was the favorite player, the cornerstone of that very happy time. And he is a brave guy, who left a comfortable and very grateful position in Qatar to commit himself to the urgent repair of the club of his soul., put in disaster.

Without noise, but without pause, he has been occupying the strategic areas related to the first team, the beginning and the end of everything important in any football club. Seven people have entered with him, and another seven have left with Koeman, in addition to the technical secretary, Ramón Planes, in whose file successes alternate (Pedri, Araújo) with sung (Boateng, Braithwaite, Todibo, Júnior, the sale of Semedo, badly substituted…). With his departure, it is understood that Xavi is in control, in the style of the classic English managers. Exceptional measures for someone who is a beginner after all. But a beginner with immense prestige.

Now the return of Alves, 38 years old and, to put it bluntly, unemployed, has surprised (me too). Another ex-partner, but it can be seen that Xavi, who for now has already deleted a trip to Madrid for an interview at El Hormiguero from Piqué’s agenda, is not afraid of being taken as a colleague by those who are now his subordinates. Losing speed, I no longer see Alves from the side, but maybe I do from the inside, to compete with Frenkie de Jong, who is still in a yes, but no. I remember Alves as a player “for all the time, for the whole field, for all the fields”, as Sacchi claimed. Unfortunately, Frenkie de Jong is not that.