Shortly before the competitive debut of his new coach Xavi Hernández, Barça’s home-grown Óscar Mingueza has opposite the broadcaster TV3 gave an insight into the mood of the team before and after the change of coach from Koeman to Xavi.
Two more days – then the new stage of Xavi Hernández as head coach of FC Barcelona officially begins. Homemade Óscar Mingueza is also looking forward to the city derby against Espanyol (Sat, 9:00 p.m.) with impatience.
Probably also because he has never played it under professional conditions before. “It’s a very special game. Especially for the home team. In my youth I played a lot of derbies. It was always the game with the greatest rivalry.”
This time it comes up with the additional attractiveness in the person of its new trainer. “It is a game that could serve to change the dynamics of the season so far. It could be a turning point. We have to show that we want to play for titles and that we are not a vulnerable team.”
Which recently, under Ronald Koeman, did not work too often. In the memory of all culés, the last league game under the direction of the Dutchman should be when the Azulgrana gave away a 3-0 break lead in Vigo and in the end only took one point with them to Barcelona.
For Mingueza it was also a manifestation of the bad mood that still prevailed in the cabin at the time. Which is why there was no alternative to the change in the coaching bench for him in the end.
“The dressing room needed a change. Unfortunately, there wasn’t the atmosphere we needed. The players were dissatisfied. And if you’re not in a good mood and things don’t work out, you need a change. I’m sure it will be with Xavi will go well for us. The players believe what he says and that is very important. “
Which was apparently no longer the case with Xavi’s predecessor. As Mingueza confirms without further ado: “At some point the team stopped believing in the common idea. Everyone was just trying to solve their own problems. We weren’t in good shape, either individually or as a group.”
The intensity of the training sessions under Koeman was not that much different than it is now under Xavi. For Mingueza, the difference lies more in the focus of the exercises. “The units are now more tailored to the game idea, which we also want to pursue on the pitch.”
Mingueza does not want to attach too much importance to the much commented “Decalogue” under the new boss. “After all that has been commented on it, it almost seems as if Xavi was the sergeant or something and we weren’t allowed to do anything here. But he just set up a few rules. But I already know such guidelines from mine Adolescence. “
Finally, Mingueza had a few warm words for returning Dani Alves. “I’m proud to share the dressing room with him. He brought an incredibly good atmosphere in here. He’s the first to go into the weight room, he brings intensity and rhythm into training and is the one who runs the most. Busquets and PIqué had already told me that he was a walking machine. At 38 years old – unbelievable! “