Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Barcelona on the brink of a volcano. Will the big four return against Xavi?


Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has been under siege at the Blaugrana amid management concerns over a slump in results and a lack of confidence from many of the team’s key pillars.

Barca, who will play today’s winner-takes-all match against Belgium’s Royal Antwerp at the end of the group stage of the Champions League, have suffered a lot in terms of results since their recent loss to Girona (2-4) at the local level. Crisis within the team, who are now third in La Liga, 7 points behind leaders Girona.

Indeed, contrary to other reports about Xavi being forced by club president Joan Laborda to revise the roster for the Royal Antwerp match, there have been reports in the past few hours of reports coming from disgruntled management at team level. And the names of Lewandowski, Gundogan, Araujo should be included again.

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According to the radio program “Bar Canaletes”, related to the news about the Catalan club, the quartet of Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Frenkie de Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen is not convinced by Xavi’s plans and ideas.

The claim is based on other reports, which said the four did not understand why he rested during many practices and matches, even though the team’s schedule was not busy this season.

The “heavy weight in the team” quartet appeared publicly to air his disagreement with Xavi as De Jong claimed the defeat against Girona was due to mistakes within Barcelona. That they didn’t play well.

Earlier, Gundogan sparked a crisis when he made statements after expressing his frustration with the squad’s performance in El Clasico, while Lewandowski complained (more than once) that Barcelona did not provide him with enough support in attack.

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