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'Barca Must Shake Off The Messi Syndrome'

A former FC Barcelona star says manager Xavi Hernandez's first task at Barcelona is to get the side to shake off the "Lionel Messi syndrome".

Read: Xavi Makes Big Messi Statement

Xavi was officially unveiled as Barcelona manager at the Camp Nou on Monday after signing a three-year deal with the Catalan outfit.

The 41-year-old takes over a Blaugrana side that sit ninth in LaLiga, but former midfielder Bernd Schuster has detailed what he believes the club legend needs to do with the team.

"First of all, the club must shake off the Messi syndrome," Schuster said, per Bild.

"They need to be very honest when it comes to analysing what the current squad offers, unite the youngsters and veterans by getting them to play the same way, and give them a style of play which fits with their potential.

"Even if it's not what the fans want right now after getting used to seeing tiki-taka at its best."

Schuster added that the Catalan outfit should have more fans in their 99 000-seater stadium, with only 47 000 supporters showing up for the win over Valencia last month.

"Barca needs to have more than 40 000 fans watching them," added Schuster, who also played for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and spent most of his coaching career in Spain, taking charge of Getafe, Los Blancos and Malaga.

"Seeing the Camp Nou looking empty hurts me a lot. Only Xavi can ensure the stadium fills up again."

Check out Xavi's unveiling as Barcelona manager:

Real Madrid's Five-Man Exit List Revealed?

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

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