Former Barcelona man Xavi Hernandez is widely considered one of the best midfielders of all time. In his hay-day with both Spain and Barcelona, Xavi formed one of the best midfield triads the game has ever seen, alongside Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. He won twenty-five major trophies with Barcelona and three for Spain, before moving to Qatar ahead of the 2015-16 season. He then went on to finish his career in style, winning the Qatari league in his final season at the club in 2018-19. The very next season he was named manager of the squad and soon afterward completely revolutionized Al Saad into a near unstoppable unit in the QPL. The Spanish midfielder has quietly gone about his business at Al Sadd, playing in Guardiola-esque ways and doing del-Bosque-esque things, winning six trophies in two seasons so far. Barcelona are keeping a close eye on the now 41-year-old, and in time we may see one of the game greatest ever midfielders become one of the game’s greatest ever managers. Here is a tactical analysis of Xavi Hernandez’s Al Sadd.
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Xavi Hernandez may not be managing a team in one of Europe’s top five leagues, but he is doing very interesting work at Al Sadd, bringing tiki taka back to life. His team attack with loads of width and ferocity, and keep so much of the ball that they don’t have to do that much defending. With their impressive record of nineteen wins from twenty-two games this season, Xavi Hernandez has taken Al Sadd to unbeatable heights. This should catch the attention of the likes of Barcelona and Spain moving forward, but for now Qatari football fans can be very happy that they have a true tactical mastermind in their league.
Be sure to check out the accompanying video by RDF Tactics.
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