Xavi Hernandez said on Friday that Barcelona should turn the positive around their arrival into a result, as they prepare for the charge of their first match against local rivals Espanyol this weekend.
Barca are ninth in La Liga ahead of Saturday’s game at Camp Nine, when a bumper crowd is expected to arrive at the corner house.
The 41-year-old has played 767 times for the club and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
As a coach in front of the angle is a great job, Barcelona fell behind in the top four, leave the race for the La Liga title. Hopefully, his appointment could start a revival.
“I like what I’ve seen in training,” Zavi told a news conference.
“We have the players and we need the fans. The club needs to translate the positivity that exists from tomorrow.
Most Barca players have just returned from international duty this week, but others such as Gerard Pack, Sergei Roberto, Samuel Amity and Sergino Dest have been able to start regular sessions with their new coaches.
“We worked with the players during the break to put our idea into practice and to analyze the spaniel,” Zavi said.
“We don’t have many days to work together but many players already know our plans.”
Zavi said there could be “some surprises” in his first starting line-up, although he was optimistic about the squad, in stark contrast to his predecessor Ronald Koeman’s more disappointing estimates.
Asked what has surprised him the most so far, Zavi said: “Talent in the team.” He added: “I’ve seen great determination. I like what I’ve seen.”
Barcelona also welcomed the return of Danny Elvis to the club this week after the 38-year-old signed a free transfer.
Elvis, who has won six La Liga titles and three Champions League titles with Barca, will not play until January.
“He will make us better in every way,” Zavi said of his former partner.
“He’s a winner, he’s a character. We’ve seen him play and he’s in good physical condition. And he’s a great footballer, one of the best I’ve ever seen in my career.”
Angle also had words of encouragement for Philippe Coutinho, who could be among those to be sold in January to raise funds for the transfer.
“She needs to regain her confidence,” Xavi said.
“We have talked to him and he has to be important. He is a footballer with natural abilities, he can score goals. Philip will definitely have opportunities, because he is a footballer I like. “