Xavi does not defend Barcelona captain for his inconsistencies

Date:

Barcelona's Spanish coach Xavi looks on following the pre-season friendly football match between AC Milan and FC Barcelona, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 1, 2023.
Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

The errors and woes of FC Barcelona this season go beyond just their financial problems. The Blaugranes are a team already riddled with economic limitations, but they have been let down by other things as well. Even on a sporting front, the Barcelona players have clearly lacked in this campaign.

Throughout the course of the ongoing campaign, many Barcelona performances have been forsaken due to individual errors. At times, despite statistically being one of the most creative sides in Europe, Barça have been poor at making the most of their chances.

However, on other occasions, Barcelona have seen their spine and backbone lose their shape and result in horrendous transitional errors. So much so, in fact, that the Catalan giants always seem vulnerable to conceding a lot irrespective of the number of goals they score.

These irregularities, brought to Xavi’s attention in his recent press conference, truly stick out. Yet, as highlighted by SPORT, the Barcelona coach did not back away from talking about them when the rather inconsistent performances from Frenkie De Jong were brought up:

“Not just Frenkie, he has had good games and others not so much, like the team. It’s a summary of the season, we have been inconsistent, lacked consistency, and he is not an exception.”

However, on the topic of a potential departure for him in the summer, the current Barcelona coach preferred to talk more about the ongoing campaign:

“Frenkie is a very important player and he is happy at the club, I don’t think it’s the time to talk about exits. We don’t discuss it from within, we are focused on Celta, the Champions League… we are not thinking about next season.”

With Xavi’s decision to leave more or less set in stone, there is still uncertainty surrounding La Blaugrana. For now, Barcelona want guarantees, but they quite possibly can not count on that many.

With De Jong’s future uncertain and Xavi not willing to continue, they have a lot of planning and sorting out to do ahead of the summer.

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’.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

The seven records that Lamine Yamal broke at the 2024 Euros

FC Barcelona has seen many of the club’s most crucial players take part in various competitions for their...

Barcelona are yet to test Ronald Araujo themselves – report

The fitness of the players at FC Barcelona is a major priority for the club this summer. Ever...

Barcelona want to thrust Lamine Yamal into absolute stardom

Not everything that FC Barcelona focuses on is limited to the sporting achievements of the team. Instead, the...

The two routes that Barcelona can take with Gavi this summer

At the moment, FC Barcelona are working on regaining their best version for the preseason. The Catalan club,...

Barcelona continue to keep the latest addition to Flick’s staff a secret

For the first time in a long while, there is a mixture of excitement and anxiety at Barcelona....

18-year-old Barcelona gem wants to prove that he is the ‘best midfielder at La Masia’

It is not uncommon for FC Barcelona to find solutions to their problems from within their quarry. In...

Lamine Yamal wants to face off against his Barcelona hero

As has been mentioned many times before, fate and FC Barcelona have a unique relationship. The Catalan club...

Barcelona have a new Plan B for Nico Williams thanks to the Euros

FC Barcelona already have an established list of players they wish to pursue in the summer. The Catalan...

Javier Tebas says the gap between Barcelona and Real Madrid is getting closer

In terms of their financial situation, FC Barcelona are gradually finding normality again. It is this very normality...

The reasons behind Kounde’s surprise visit to Barcelona

The preseason has already kicked off for FC Barcelona as they prepare themselves for next season. La Blaugrana...

Ollie Watkins says Barcelona have someone who is a better player than he was at 16-17

FC Barcelona and the entirety of the football world is now waiting for a certain conclusion. The final...

Lamine Yamal shares what Hansi Flick told him ahead of Spain vs France

Connection are what make FC Barcelona, or any other club for that matter, feel more united. Any team...