Real Madrid coach offers wisdom to departing Barcelona coach


FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF IMAGES - Image numbers 1395582751, 1389568842 - GRADIENT ADDED) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid CF (L) and Head coach Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona. Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in El Clásico at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 16,2022 in Madrid, Spain. ***LEFT IMAGE*** MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 04: Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid CF looks on during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Head coach Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on April 03, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.
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The world of football is a cruel one, and FC Barcelona happens to be a part of that world. Clubs all over the world are forced to make difficult decisions, and it is a common occurrence. However, the latest managerial change made by Barcelona was quite the tough pill to swallow.

Whether it was because of the lack of positive results or the words spoken by him in the media, Xavi Hernandez was ultimately relieved of his duties by Barcelona. The coach was promptly replaced as well, with former Germany and Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick arriving to take his place.

However, given that this was Xavi’s first-ever European job as a manager, it may have been a tough pill to swallow for him as well. Yet, as highlighted by SPORT, some kind words have arrived from his rival coach over at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, and they may provide some comfort for the departing Barcelona coach:

“This is the first time he has been sacked and with time I think he will understand it as part of the job. When there is not a good relationship between the club and the coach, separation is the best thing. It happened to me several times.”

Previously, even Ancelotti himself has had to deal with several such issues over the course of his managerial career. Despite being one of European football’s most decorated coaches, the Italian technician has been sacked on four different occasions during the course of that career, including once by Real Madrid in 2015.

FC Barcelona, on the other hand, are now focused on continuing with Hansi Flick. The German coach enters with a lot of expectations riding on his shoulders and for good reason.

Xavi’s underwhelming recent season has left a lot to be desired, and the former Bayern coach hopes to do better with the Barcelona squad that he has inherited.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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