HE IS STILL the captain and game changer at Al Sadd, and scored in their last two games, but Xavi Hernandez has already started moulding himself as a coach.
The 36-year-old, who also works as an assistant coach with the Qatar national Under-23 team, had recently expressed his wish to manage his former club Barcelona in a dream scenario of Gerard Pique as club president and Carles Puyol as sporting director.
Yet, Xavi, one of the best midfielders the game has ever produced, feels it is tough to be a coach in modern-day football.
“I’ve realised it isn’t easy to work as a coach. A player can go home early. We’ve to say his life is more easy than a coach, who has a lot of pressure. A coach is always criticised,” said Xavi.
“Football is in my mind all the time. I also think about Sadd and Aspire. When you’ve ideas, it’s important to know how you translate them into reality on the field. I’m happy to share them passionately with the Aspire boys,” he said.
The World Cup and European Championship winner said he could learn new things after moving to Qatar.
“Intuition is important in life as well as football. We also need to learn from different experiences and by moving from one place to another. Being in Qatar is a good thing,” he said.