Xavi has made big changes at Barcelona in a bid to take the club back into contention at the top of La Liga.

The Barca legend was officially unveiled as the club’s new head coach on Monday and has set out the standards he expects at the Camp Nou.

“We have to start with new rules that are going to be strict. It’s not a matter of being tough, it’s about having norms,” he said, in quotes published by Sky Sports.

“When we had norms in the locker room things were good, when we didn’t, it went bad. So, we need to have order. Being professionals.

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“It’s a medium to long-term project but we’ll need to work really hard to find the results. The expectation and the demand will be the highest. No excuses will be made or accepted.”

Spanish media outlet Directo Gol has now listed out the strict demands which Xavi will enforce in the dressing room.

New rules set by Xavi Hernández:


  • Players must come 90 minutes before training starts, and the technical staff must arrive 2 hours before.


  • The players will eat in the sports area according to a diet determined by a dietitian.


  • Players who are late for training will be fined & the more they are late, the higher the fine.


  • Players who train more will have more playing opportunities.


  • Players won’t be allowed to ride electric bikes as it’s considered dangerous.


  • Players who perform activities other than football will not be able to travel without the permission of the coach.
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  • Players should be exemplified and they should show sympathy to fans and should be forbidden from bad situations.

Gerard Pique has now retired from international football with Spain, but it did not stop the defender from jet setting around the world whenever there was a pause in the club calendar.

The 34-year-old is known for his love of tennis, previously making long-haul flights out to the States to watch the US Open Final in New York,as well as to Shanghai to catch up with Novak Djokovic.

But Xavi is set to curtail Pique’s jet-setting activities in one of those six demands of his squad.

The Catalan legend is also going to put the squad through its paces with more hours on the training pitch, and wants to keep a tighter control of his players’ social media profiles.

He is also set to ban anyone from undertaking individual personal training sessions and renew the medical services that are on offer to his players, ensuring they are up to scratch.

Finally, he will enforce a style that is “not negotiable.”

Xavi certainly looks like he means business, and his first match in the dugout comes when Barca face Espanyol in the ‘Derbi Barceloní’ on 20th November.

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