Barcelona News: Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is said to have prioritised improving his defence above recruiting players such as Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund or Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich
Barcelona News: Barcelona has had connections with several Bundesliga talents. But sources claim that manager Xavi is more interested in bolstering his defensive line than attacking lineup. Several media outlets have reported that the 42-year-old is expressing worry about the apparent lack of movement in Barcelona’s defensive line.
According to the article, Xavi believes Ronald Araujo and Sergino Dest to be the fastest defenders in his team, with the others being slower. That is a problem, given the kind of play he prefers Barcelona to play.
As a result, the Blaugrana will make a strong emphasis on bolstering their defensive line. A large number of defenders are being associated with the club. Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico are the potential left-back alternatives for the team. The Ajax player Noussair Mazraoui is also a long-term alternative to Dani Alves. Bayern Munich is also reportedly showing interest in signing the Moroccan international soon.
Argentinian international Lisandro Martinez, who plays center-back, is also attracting attention as a centre-back alternative. Barcelona, on the other hand, has reached an agreement with Andreas Christensen.
With Xavi in charge, Barcelona seems to be getting back on track
With each passing season, Barcelona’s reputation has further suffered. This, culminated in the contentious departure of previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2021. Several charges and counter-accusations were levelled behind the scenes. The club’s debt skyrocketed as a result of the mishandling of its finances.
It all translated into shambolic performances on the field. Club star Lionel Messi’s shocking exit last summer arguably served as the last nail in the coffin.
Manager Ronald Koeman immediately found himself on the receiving end of the club’s gloomy play under his watch. In that sense, Xavi’s hiring was a breath of new air for a club that had become disoriented.
The FIFA World Cup champion is a Blaugrana through and through. He has progressed through the levels of the club. He left the club as the club’s all-time leading appearance maker in the competition.
Barcelona News: Xavi is making huge strides as a manager
Xavi is one of the finest midfielders to have ever played the game. Over the previous decade, his performances in the centre of the park have played a crucial part in the club’s domination. His return to the bench has assisted in restoring some peace to the club. His team’s on-field performances have visibly improved as a result.
Barcelona has gone 13 games without a loss in La Liga at the time of writing. The cherry on top was a 4-0 thrashing of arch-rivals Real Madrid, which took place at their home stadium. They have placed themselves in a strong position to finish in the top four as a result of their strong run of form.
Currently, they are level on points with Sevilla. Sevilla is in the second position. The Blaugrana also have a chance to finish second in the league after Xavi took over as manager when they were ninth in the rankings. They will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.