The 41-year-old Barca have signed his contract, which runs until 2024, on the pitch alongside club president Joan Laporta.
“This is a historic day for Barcelona. Welcome, Xavi, ”an emotional Laporta told supporters at the ceremony where the former midfielder was accompanied by his family.
“Thanks everyone. I don’t want to be moved but I am, I have goose bumps, ”Xavi told fans.
“It’s the biggest club in the world and I will work hard to meet your expectations. Barcelona cannot accept a draw or a loss. We have to win every game. “
Xavi joined Barca after Barca paid their release clause with Qatari club Al Sadd. He will replace the sacked Ronald Koeman.
“I am prepared. My DNA hasn’t changed. We have to take things in hand, have the ball, create opportunities, be intense. We have a mission to save a lot of things that have been lost, ”said Xavi.
Struggling Barca are ninth in La Liga, 11 points behind leaders Real Sociedad and 10 points behind rivals Real Madrid.
After the presentation, Xavi explained how discipline will be a major factor in his project as Barcelona manager.
“We have to start with new rules that are going to be strict. It’s not about being tough, it’s about having standards, ”he said.
“When we had standards in the locker room, things were fine, when we didn’t, things went wrong. So, we must have order. Be professionals.
“It’s a medium and long term project but we will have to work very hard to find the results. The expectation and demand will be the highest. No apologies will be made or accepted. “