Xavi Hernandez, filled with rage had a wild swing at a bottle and lost a shoe in Al Sadd’s 1-1 draw in the Asian Champions league against Al Duhail.The encounter was the first leg of the round of 16 in the Asian Champions league, played on August the 6th.

Xavi Hernandez for the first time in his life was passing on information to football players from the byline rather than receiving them.

During his playing days he was noted for being calm, cool and composed on the field of play, and disagreed with coach’s like Jose Mourinho who according to him, over reacted as coach’s. In 2013 the midfield maestro said: ” beyond being over reactive, Mourinho is a person who does not have self control, keeping his calm is essential as a coach. Your emotions are transmitted to your players, it is important to manage them”.

Xavi Hernandez is just maybe discovering that the emotions on the touchline cannot be fully kept on check as the adrenaline pumps out on match days.

The 2010 World Cup winner was finally appointed head coach of Al Sadd whom he played for since 2015, taken over Jesualdo Ferreira who helped Al Sadd to the Qatari league last season.

39-year-old Xavi had an enviable 17 years on the pitch, but when the return leg would be played on Tuesday, August 13, it woulb be a true test of character in his newly found job.

GIOVANNI WANNEH