Xavi's Trophies As Coach and Player: Record At Barcelona

Xavi's Trophies As Coach and Player: Record At Barcelona

Xavi's record at Barcelona: Trophies, history and time in charge after Laporta sacks club icon

Xavi Hernandez's reign as manager of his boyhood club Barcelona has come to a dramatic and unexpected end.  Here's a closer look at his tenure, marked by both triumphs and tribulations.

Arrival and Initial Success (November 2021 - May 2023):

  • Taking the helm in November 2021 following a disappointing start under Ronald Koeman, Xavi, a Barcelona legend, was tasked with reviving the club.
  • Despite missing the departed Lionel Messi, Xavi secured Barcelona's first trophy in two years by winning the 2022 Supercopa de España against Real Madrid.
  • The 2021/22 season culminated in a dramatic La Liga title victory, Barcelona's first since 2019, achieved with four games to spare.

Challenges and a Surprise Announcement (January 2024):

  • The 2023/24 season proved more challenging. Barcelona exited the Champions League group stage for the second year running.
  • Following a heavy 5-3 home defeat to Villarreal in January 2024, Xavi stunned fans and media by announcing his resignation at season's end.
  • He cited difficulties faced in the season and a desire to prioritize the team's well-being as reasons for his decision.

Resurgence and U-turn (February - April 2024):

  • Barcelona embarked on a remarkable 13-game unbeaten run, significantly improving their form.
  • Public perception of Xavi's decision shifted, with growing support for him to stay.
  • In a surprise turn of events, Xavi reversed his initial stance and agreed to a contract extension until June 2025, announced in April 2024.

Friction and Final Curtain (May 2024):

  • Relations with president Joan Laporta reportedly deteriorated after Xavi openly discussed the club's financial struggles.
  • On May 25, 2024, just a month after his U-turn, Xavi was dismissed by Barcelona. Reports suggest former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is set to take over.

Xavi's Legacy:

  • Xavi leaves Barcelona with a mixed legacy. He delivered a La Liga title and the Supercopa, showcasing his tactical prowess.
  • However, his inability to consistently navigate the Champions League and a breakdown in communication with the board ultimately led to his downfall.
  • His short tenure was a rollercoaster ride for fans, showcasing glimpses of the club's past glory intertwined with financial woes and a sense of uncertainty about the future.

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