Barcelona Stands by Xavi Amid Speculation
Less than a year after Barcelona had benefited by employing economical levers, the club legend was able to put an end to Real Madrid’s recent domination by winning the La Liga championship last season.
Though the short-term financial breathing room was helpful, the Catalan giants already appear unlikely to retain their top-flight title in 2023–2024.
Despite being in third place, Barcelona has only won 13 of their 20 league games, leaving them eight points behind leaders Girona and Real.
In addition, Barcelona was eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the middle of the week following a 4-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao; this was seen as a wasted chance, as Real and Girona were also eliminated.
Barcelona has now dropped four of their last 11 games in all competitions and only managed one clean sheet in that time.
Despite the conditions he works under and the number of young players he has brought up to the first team when he is unable to buy fresh players, reports have suggested that pressure is starting to build on Xavi.
As per certain sources, the 44-year-old has stated that if he feels he has ‘lost the dressing room’ or that he is unable to lead Barcelona to success, he will decide to leave the dugout.
However, club administrators would want to keep Xavi around, at least for the foreseeable future, according to SPORT.
It’s said that the Barcelona administration wants to maintain some continuity at a time when Barcelona’s qualification for the Champions League the next season is still vital.
Although winning this season’s competition will get them there, Barcelona’s best chance of doing so is securing fourth place in the La Liga standings, where they are now only three points ahead of fifth.
According to reports, President Joan Laporta plans to keep Xavi on staff as long as Barcelona continues to hold the aforementioned positions.
In La Liga, they have a favourable run of games coming up, with three of their next four games at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys against Villarreal, Osasuna, and Granada.