Barca Back Xavi Amid Calls for Dismissal

Xavi Hernandez during his time with Barca
Xavi Hernandez during his time with Barca. Photo by Miquel Llop/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock (4673992h)

FC Barcelona continues to support manager Xavi Hernandez amid calls for a change in management, a club source revealed on Wednesday. Frustration at the club escalated after the Catalan giants’ shock 1-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

This account of the club’s faith in Xavi correlates with the accounts of sources close to the manager who claimed that any questions about his future were “out of place” given his track record at the club. Last season, Xavi guided Barca to the La Liga title, and while the loss to Donetsk is a difficult pill to swallow, the team remains on top of their Champions League group.

Gerard Pique, Xavi’s former Barca teammate, called for “patience” with Xavi, explaining: “You should only sack the manager when you don’t see solutions. Xavi knows the place, he’s been there for many years. He grew up with the style of play. I can’t see anyone better than him to take this forward.”

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