Xavi Fighting to Keep Barcelona Players on Side

Xavi Fighting to Keep Barcelona Players on Side



January 17th, 2024

Xavi Hernández, Barcelona's legendary midfielder turned manager, is facing a crucial battle – fighting to keep his players on side. Recent reports from ESPN reveal growing discontent within the Barcelona squad, casting doubt on Xavi's future at the helm of the Catalan giants.

The tipping point

A humbling 4-1 defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final sparked open dissent among some players, questioning the team's approach and Xavi's leadership. While some defend the manager, citing Xavi's recent contract extension and positive attitude, others point to a string of disappointing results.

Even before the El Clásico debacle, Barça suffered setbacks in La Liga against Real Madrid and Girona, as well as Champions League defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and Royal Antwerp. These shortcomings, coupled with Xavi's perceived leniency towards certain players, have fueled speculation about his long-term suitability for the job.

He reiterates his faith in the players and the potential for a turnaround. Sporting director Deco also backs Xavi, dismissing talks of his imminent dismissal. However, sources close to the club acknowledge cracks in the foundation, hinting at lingering doubts regarding Xavi beyond this season and starting point for his effort fighting to keep the team together.

Lack of alternatives Keep Xavi Fighting

Barça's precarious financial situation complicates matters. Replacing Xavi with a high-profile manager seems an unrealistic solution in the short term. Therefore, should Xavi depart before the season ends, or should he keep fighting? Barça Atletic coach Rafa Marquez could step in as an interim replacement.

Despite last year's La Liga title win, Xavi's second season hasn't met expectations. Falling eight points behind league leaders Girona and seven behind Real Madrid paints a worrying picture. Barça's recent performances, though not always reflected in results, have drawn criticism from local media, further intensifying the pressure on the manager.

Can Xavi turn the tide? The upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Unionistas de Salamanca and Champions League encounter with Napoli will be crucial tests for Xavi and his players. Rejuvenating the team's spirit and delivering positive results are paramount to silencing the critics and restoring faith within the squad.

Xavi's fight to keep Barcelona's ship afloat is far from over. The coming weeks and months will determine whether he can weather the storm and steer the club back towards success or succumb to the mounting pressure and internal dissent.

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