The beating solidified Barcelona’s progress with Xavi, and here are five reasons why Barça’s fortunes have changed. Barcelona has improved a lot under the leadership of Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez. The fans and the board of directors are hoping for a more favourable future because they have great faith in Xavi as a manager who will make this club a force again. The arrival of Xavi as Barcelona manager has brought hope and optimism to Barcelona; before, Barcelona didn’t know which way they were going, only in their misfortune. Barcelona is used to finishing in the first place. Still, manager Xavi said they need to find the motivation to finish the season in second place behind historic rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.
It should recognise the fact that FC Barcelona’s midfield has drastically improved under Xavi’s leadership. After all, the club’s second all-time appearances leader was one of the most outstanding technicians ever to grace the centre of the park, winning four Champions League titles and a slew of domestic titles up with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi before moving to Qatar to finish his playing career and begin his managerial career in 2015.
Since Xavi took charge of Barcelona, the club has risen to second place in the Liga Santander standings and, to crown that renaissance; they just beat historic rivals Real Madrid 4-0 away the last month in El -Clasico. Since Xavi returned home, there have been many successes, including significant victories against Atlético Madrid, Napoli and Valencia, highlights in particular, and a general recognition that Barcelona is getting better with every match. Beginning with a 1-0 win away at Alavés in the league, Barca had nine victories and three draws. In that time, the blaugranes have improved considerably in front of goals, scoring 32 goals and allowing only ten.
While the victory over Diego Simeone’s men was impressive, the game against Atlético Madrid is likely to be a watershed in Xavi’s long legacy as Barcelona head coach. Xavi Hernandez has come to Barcelona to try and restore normalcy, but with the club teetering on the brink of uncertainty due to poor budget planning and a lack of funds, the task for Xavi seems daunting.
Memphis returned to the starting lineup at the Camp Nou, scoring the first goal for the hosts before Sergio Busquets increased the Catalans’ lead. Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez hailed Memphis Depay after his club defeated Real Mallorca 2-1 in La Liga on Sunday.
In October last year, Ronald Koeman was fired by Barcelona after a string of poor results at the beginning of this season. Six months later, the Dutchman believes that the Catalan giants have made little progress under new manager Xavi Hernandez. To back up his statement, the coach compared the number of points Barcelona now behind Real Madrid when he departed to what it was when he left. Despite the decision to dismiss him of his duties in October of last year, he claims that the club’s status has not altered.