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Xavi Hernandez has revealed that turning things around at Barcelona is proving more difficult than he anticipated, adding that certain players do not comprehend his preferred style of play.
Barca won two of their first three games under new coach Xavi, who took over from Ronald Koeman in November, but have already lost three consecutive games in all competitions.
Last week’s 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich saw them tumble out of the Champions League and into the Europa League for the first time in 17 years, while a 2-2 draw with Osasuna last Sunday saw them slide to seventh in LaLiga.
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“It’s proving to be more difficult than we imagined,” Xavi stated in a press conference before of Saturday’s league match at Camp Nou against Elche.
“We have to be optimistic and demonstrate that the team is progressing and that we are on the right track.” We’ve made progress in certain areas, but results have yet to follow.
“But, given how hard we’re working and how well the training sessions are going, we’re optimistic. The game against Elche and Sevilla [on Tuesday] is crucial, and we need to finish the year with six points.”
While Xavi commended his players’ mentality, he said that certain members of the team have failed to understand some of his instructions.
He said, “There is still a lack of comprehension of the game we want to play.” “There are guys who don’t understand positional play, which is astonishing coming from Barca [players].”
Despite a promising start, Barcelona’s form has dipped under new coach Xavi. courtesy of Getty Images/Juan Manuel Serrano Arce
“We must be upbeat and courageous. We need to push high, press when we lose the ball, attack the open areas… this is what we need to do.”
Despite being 18 points behind Real Madrid and having a game in hand, Xavi refused to rule out winning LaLiga, while reiterating his desire to strengthen the club in January.
He stated, “I’ve been quite explicit with [president] Joan Laporta about what I believe we need to strengthen in the near and medium term.”
“I’ve only been here for a month, and although my job as coach is to enhance the players I have, there are a few things we need to address. It is obvious that we need to enhance the team, particularly in offense.”
Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund has been prominently connected with Barca, with Laporta visiting the striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, informally in Turin this week.
Xavi stated he is unaware of any discussions for Haaland at this time, but he reacted angrily to statements made by La Liga president Javier Tebas, who said Barca would be unable to finance the Norwegian international.
“The financial position is challenging right now,” Xavi said. “We have to be realistic,” says the author. It will be difficult to enhance the team. We have a difficulty with expenditure limits [with LaLiga], but we’ll see what happens.
“I don’t know anything about Haaland, therefore I can’t say anything. In terms of Tebas, it is in everyone’s best interests [in the Spanish league] for players like Haaland to be in LaLiga, whether they are playing for Barça or another club.”
Barca are still without Ansu Fati and Pedri, among others, for Saturday’s game against Elche, but Xavi stated that Jordi Alba and Ousmane Dembele would be fit after recovering from injuries.
Dembele’s contract expires at the end of the season, but Xavi claimed he’s “certain” he’ll be re-signed after speaking with him this week.
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