The announcement that Xavi is leaving Barcelona on the finish of the season has shocked the footballing world. Barcelona have tumbled from one efficiency to a different and the supervisor hopes that this announcement galvanises the squad to realize one thing earlier than the legend departs. Xavi’s supervisor profession will thus finish one other chapter, albeit sooner than the person himself would have most popular.
Right here’s a take a look at Xavi’s supervisor profession to date, what he has achieved, and what may maintain subsequent for the Spaniard after his dream job has resulted in frustration.
Xavi’s supervisor profession
Al-Sadd FC- July 2019 to November 2021 (94 video games)
Xavi began off his profession at Qatar facet Al-Sadd. It’s the membership the place he retired as a participant after enjoying for 4 years.
Not like different former players-turned-managers, it was a pleasant introduction to administration for Xavi who may go forward along with his improvement outdoors the general public eye and scrutiny. He took full benefit of the chance, ending that tenure with an awesome document of two.21 factors per sport.
The cups got here in spades as he received two Qatari League Cups, one Qatari Stars Cup, two Qatar cups and received the league as soon as in 2020/21.
Nonetheless, there was an asterisk on his success in Qatar. That’s as a result of Al-Sadd are just about just like the PSG/Bayern of Qatar. Many of the nationwide workforce performs for Al-Sadd and the gulf between them and the remainder of the league is big.
Moreover, Xavi was backed tremendously however to his credit score, Al-Sadd have by no means been as dominant as they have been with him in cost. Their title-winning season noticed them win 19 out of twenty-two video games, scoring a outstanding 77 instances, conceding solely 14.
It was the season which satisfied Barcelona that they’d one other managerial wonderkid after Pep.
FC Barcelona- November 2021 to July 2024 (122* video games)
It began so effectively. Xavi took over a workforce reeling from their monetary troubles which had simply completed 13 factors behind Actual Madrid within the earlier season. The workforce had misplaced its id, La Masia was solid apart, and new President Joan Laporta was looking for a miracle employee.
Xavi proved to be precisely that. In an ideal homecoming, Xavi addressed just about each drawback in a outstanding first season.
Barcelona received the La Liga title again from Los Blancos. La Masia was thriving once more, with the likes of Gavi, Balde, and extra changing into not simply token debuts, however established members of the primary workforce.
Los Cules scored 70 objectives within the league and conceded simply 20 in an all-time defensive show. A number of wins over Actual Madrid additionally confirmed that Barcelona have been correctly again. A staple of Pep Guardiola’s time in cost was their superiority over Actual Madrid, serial title wins, and La Masia on the centre of all of it. All the pieces was again.
Till it wasn’t this season.
Amid damage worries to his pet tasks in Pedri and Gavi, an ageing Lewandowski, and a defence that conceded like a sieve, this season fell off the rails quickly. A workforce that conceded 20 final season in 38 video games has already let in 29 after 21 video games.
Copa del Rey marketing campaign was surrendered in spectacular trend as they misplaced 4-2 to Athletic. The steadiness of energy tipping in the direction of Madrid was confirmed in a 4-1 loss, and a 3-5 loss to Villarreal sealed his destiny. In three video games, they conceded 13 objectives, 70% of their complete season within the league final season. It couldn’t go on.
Xavi’s supervisor career- What subsequent?
Within the instant future, he would hope that his workforce will get fired as much as award him a pleasant parting reward. The league might be already out of attain as they path Madrid by 10 factors. A fairytale UCL run is the perfect they’ll hope for nevertheless it’s unlikely. Count on to see extra debuts for La Masia merchandise like Pau Cubarsi.
Xavi will need to go away a legacy on the membership by way of which he will probably be remembered lengthy after he leaves.
Some will say he has arguably already achieved it, serving to the membership navigate its hardest interval lately.