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“WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DRAW OR DEFEAT” – XAVI VOWS AT HIS UNVEILING AS BARCA’S NEW HEAD COACH

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Xavi Hernandez was unveiled as Barcelona’s new head coach in front of thousands of fans at the Nou Camp on Monday where the 41-year-old Barcelona legend signed his contract, which runs until 2024, with club President Joan Laporta by his side.

“It’s a historical day for Barcelona. Welcome, Xavi,” an emotional Laporta told the supporters during the ceremony where the ex-midfielder was accompanied by his family.

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“Thank you all very much. I’m trying not to be emotional, but I’m getting goosebumps “Xavi told the fans.

“This is the world’s largest club, and I’ll do everything I can to meet your expectations. Barcelona will not accept a draw or a defeat. We have to win all the games.”

Xavi joined after Barca paid his release clause with Qatari club Al Sadd. He will replace the sacked Ronald Koeman.

“I come prepared. My DNA didn’t change. We need to take charge, have the ball, create opportunities, be intense. We have a mission to rescue many things that were lost,” Xavi said.

Struggling Barcelona is now in ninth place in La Liga, 11 points behind leaders Real Sociedad and ten points behind arch-rivals Real Madrid.

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