Catalan giants Barcelona are targeting a sixth successive win in the Spanish La Liga ahead of their away game against Real Mallorca at the weekend. Since the disappointing draw at home to Rayo Vallecano on the opening weekend, manager Xavi Hernandez and his players have won five league games on the bounce.
Premier League champions Manchester City and Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are two of the biggest teams in the world. They were involved in a club friendly at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. The game between the two teams saw the apprentice face his master. Xavi Hernandez is the Barcelona manager and he played under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola around a decade ago while he was in charge of the first team at the Catalan club. Xavi and Guardiola won several major trophies together at the Nou Camp including two Champions League titles.
Hosts Barcelona came close to winning the aforementioned friendly having led twice during the game, but City came back on each occasion to secure a draw including scoring a penalty in stoppage time. Continue reading →
Spanish football legend Xavi Hernandez was the mastermind as Barcelona thumped Major League Soccer (MLS) club Inter Miami 6-0 in a pre-season friendly match though the Barcelona boss is not on the club’s tour of the United States (US) due to visa issues. It must be pointed out that the game is a pre-season for Xavi Hernandez and his Barcelona players, while Inter Miami are in the middle of the 2022 season as far as MLS football is concerned.
Xavi Hernandez has been able to transform the fortunes of his beloved Barcelona since he was appointed as the new manager towards the end of last year. He came through the famed La Masia Academy at Barcelona before making his debut for the club. He spent the whole of his career at the Nou Camp winning several major trophies in the process. Xavi was able to save Barcelona at a time of need and he’s looking to take them back to the top of European football with the help of the board led by club president Joan Laporta. The ex-Spanish international midfielder has been backed with some interesting players such as Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha. Continue reading →
A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered a detailed report on Gerard Pique’s meeting with Xavi Hernandez a few weeks ago. It was reported that Xavi does not count Pique highly in light of his injury problems. He does not view the veteran as a first-team regular next season, though the player is keen on proving the coach otherwise by remaining at Camp Nou. Among a series of promises made by Pique during the meeting, one of them was how his personal life will not affect his performance on the pitch.
Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez was the mastermind as the Catalan giants secured three league wins in a row after the 3-1 victory over visitors Celta Vigo. The Catalans struggled badly in the league earlier in the season under Dutchman Ronald Koeman before he was replaced by Xavi Hernandez. Since the appointment of the former Spanish international midfielder towards the end of last year, results have improved drastically. Xavi Hernandez has been able to take Barcelona into the top two ahead of the final two weeks of the season after the club was languishing in a disappointing ninth position when he took the job.
Ahead of the Celta Vigo game, Barcelona had already sealed Champions League football for next season and they had the chance to move a step closer to securing a top-two spot for the season. They were able to get the win needed to move closer to a top-two spot. Continue reading →
Barcelona are back to winning ways following the 1-0 away win over Real Sociedad on Thursday night. Xavi Hernandez and his players have been able to return to winning ways after a run of two straight defeats in all competitions.
A lot of people were not convinced that Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez was the right man for the job when the Joan Laporta-led board turned to him shortly after Dutchman Ronald Koeman was fired as the Barcelona manager. Four months later, it is safe to say that Xavi Hernandez has won a big fraction of the people who doubted him to his side with the way he has been able to transform Barcelona into a real force on the pitch once again.
When Xavi Hernandez took over towards the end of last year, Barcelona were on their way out of the Champions League and also struggling to be part of the discussions on the teams that would qualify for Champions League football next season via the Spanish La Liga. Continue reading →