Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes the decision to name
Guardiola announced last month that he would be leaving Barca after four hugely successful years in charge in which he led the azulgrana to two UEFA Champions League crowns, three La Liga trophies, one
Numerous big-name coaches were linked to the position but Barca decided to stay in-house and promote Guardiola's assistant Vilanova to the post.
That move may have raised more than a few eyebrows, but it has got the thumbs-up from veteran midfielder Xavi.
"It was a surprise for everyone that Pep decided not to continue. We're grateful for all that he has done here in these four years, but Tito is well qualified, he's somebody who is very well respected in the changing room and he understands very well the philosophy of this club. We have to adapt quickly to the circumstances," Xavi said.
"It's good that Tito is continuing because the mechanics will be the same. It's the least drastic change, because it's a change of continuity. He won't change a lot of things.
"We will be with him to the end, as we have been with all the coaches."
Guardiola's last game in charge of Barca is set to be next week's
The final pits the two most successful teams in the competition's history against each other, and also brings together several players who could be Spanish team-mates at
Barca could provide around a third of
Probably the biggest question mark facing
Xavi said: "My hope is that Villa can be at the European Championships, it depends a bit on how he's feeling. He is giving it everything, working morning and afternoon. We don't start playing until
"I have a very good relationship with 'Guaje' and I would like him to be there. He's an extraordinary footballer and the leading goalscorer in the history of the national team. The numbers are there for all to see."
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