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Barcelona fans love Xavi Hernandez

The Barcelona fans have shown their desire for Xavi Hernandez to remain part of the club’s project.

The Blaugrana coach received significant support, affection, and warmth from the fans during the match against Rayo Vallecano, particularly in the last ten minutes.

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Earlier in the game, the fans chose to focus on the league match rather than engage in conflicts.

The crowd at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys chanted, “Xavi Hernandez, ole, ole, Xavi Hernandez, ole, ole,” driven by the cheering section towards the end of the game.

Throughout the match, there were only muted chants of “Xavi, yes; Laporta, no; Barca, yes; Laporta, no,” and “Laporta, resign,” which were quickly silenced by most of the supporters with whistles.

The atmosphere within the club is quite tense. The institution’s image, along with Xavi’s, has been seriously damaged by the latest twists in the club’s project and the relationship between the management and the coach is currently strained.

The club leaked information that Joan Laporta was very upset with Xavi‘s comments from last Wednesday, where the coach, among other things, claimed that the fragile economic situation prevents them from competing in the market as they could in previous years with other big clubs like Real Madrid.

The president interpreted these statements as a lack of confidence in the team from the former midfielder.

According to those close to Laporta, he believes that Xavi cannot lead the squad with this mindset and is seriously considering dismissing the coach, who was confirmed in his position just three weeks ago.

Upcoming Meeting

Laporta, who did not travel to Almeria, was displeased with Xavi‘s remarks. However, he has not directly reprimanded Xavi nor publicly addressed his anger or doubts. They are expected to meet soon, possibly in the coming hours.

Xavi‘s statements seem to have been the last straw for Laporta, who has been uncertain about the coach’s future despite the recent confirmation of his role until 2025.

The crowd at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, largely filled with tourists, largely ignored this conflict throughout the match. Only towards the end did they express their opinions more clearly about the president’s change of stance and his doubts regarding Xavi. The fans are standing by their coach.

As the tension between Xavi and Joan Laporta continues to build, it remains to be seen how the situation will unfold. The upcoming meeting will likely be crucial in determining the future of Xavi at Barcelona.


Last modified: 22 May 2024