04
Dec 19

VALVERDE NEEDS TO FIND THE RIGHT MIDFIELD COMBINATION

Barcelona have struggled this season with manager Ernesto Valverde having to change his options in the team as they look forward to challenging for trophies. New signings, Antoine Griezmann, and Frenkie De Jong have endured mixed starts to the season.

There have been several blames towards the manager that he has lost the culture that made Barcelona the best team in Europe in the past decade. However, Valverde has had to work with the most unbalanced Barcelona squad in recent years.

The midfield, in particular, has been the major problem for Valverde. Pep Guardiola was able to bank on prime, Iniesta, Xavi and Busquet. The trio controlled games letting Lionel Messi focus solely on scoring goals.

Xavi was the creative passer, Iniesta the creative dribbler and Busquet the creative ball retention player. This was peak Barcelona that would pass teams to death with their ball movements and creativity. Cesc Fabregas and Thiago could also come from the bench and recreate a similar style like Xavi and Iniesta.

Luis Enrique met a fading Xavi and quickly got Rakitic to partner Iniesta and Busquet but crucially had Neymar in the attack.

This meant that there was less emphasis on retaining possession with the team looking to pick the front three of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar in dangerous positions.

Under Valverde, the team has become more reliant on Messi as Suarez has faded and Neymar is no more at the club. This means that the midfield has to come up with more creativity and goals to support the attack. This becomes more obvious when is not on the pitch which is partially why Valverde intends to use wide forwards to stretch the pitch.

The faster he gets a working midfield triumvirate the better for Barcelona and Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, and Busquet may be the solution.


19
Sep 19

BARCELONA STAR CLOSING IN ON TRANSFER

Coutinho has been linked with several clubs this summer as he seems to end his stay at Barcelona  PSG and Bayern Munich have shown interest, and the Brazilian is thought to be on his way to one of this clubs  is in a hurry to negotiate the departure of the Brazilian midfielder from the Catalan club.

GiulianoBertolucci, one of Philippe Coutinho’s representatives, was spotted on Wednesday morning in Barcelona. It is understood, that Bertolucci traveled exclusively to try to resolve the situation of the Brazilian midfielderthis week.

Before arriving in Spain, the Italian agent, partner of Kia Joorabchian, was in Paris engaging in conversations with Paris Saint-Germain which is one of the clubs interested in the former Liverpool player.

The future of Coutinho, however, is Bertolucci’s great concern at this time. Today, there are two possibilities for the South American player who won the Copa America with Brazil in the summer.

He could accept to be part of the player plus cash payment of the signing ofNeymar from PSG.The 27 year old could also make a direct transfer to the French club that does not include Neymar’s departure.

He also has the option of moving to Bayern Munich if the Germanchampion could reach a loandeal fromBarcelona with a purchase option.

Offloading Philippe Coutinho as soon as possible is one of the main priorities of Barcelona, ​​withrumours saying that the club is ready to loan the player for free.

In addition to the fact that Ernesto Valverde needs space in his workforce due to the arrival of Antoine Griezmann , the Brazilian has one of the highest salaries in the team: as he receives around 11 million euros per season.

Coutinho was seen as the heir to Xavi in the Barcelona midfield but has failed to justify the big money transfer that Barcelona invested in his signing. He was signed by the Catalan club in January 2018 for 160 million euros and his   contract runs until June 2023.


28
Jun 19

Xavi Hernandez is All Set for Managerial Debut

In the month of May, he announced his retirement from football and then he named as the new name of Qatari side Al-Sadd, he has been officially appointed as the new coach. Not just this, but the managerial debut of Xavi has not got the date and venue as well.  Al-Sadd has now been appointed to play a match, this match will not be called as the official one, but it will be played somewhere near to home.

The coaching career of Xavi will begin on Sunday that is 21st of July. His team will play a friendly match against Palamos CF. The match will take place at Estadi Palamós-Costa Brava and it will help at 20.00h according to Catalan coast local time, the venue of 100km far from away from Terrassa, his native.
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20
Apr 19

BARCELONA LEGEND WINS LEAGUE TITLE IN QATAR

Xavi Hernandez is considered as one of the greatest midfielders to play the game and the Spaniard has added another title to his career. the 39-year-old helped Qatari club AL Sadd claim the 2018/2019 Qatari Stars League title.

Al Saddhave been the best team in the Qatar League this season as they have brushed other clubs with ease. The arrival of Atletico Madrid legend Gabi has provided star dust alongside Xavi to drive the team from the midfield. Algerian ace Baghdad Bounedjah has been the star of the campaign with his impressive goal tally.
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05
Apr 19

Xavi Hernandez Said World Cup with 32-Team is Better

For regaining the Champions League again, Xavi puts Barca as his favorites.

He is the winner of the FIFA World Cup, the Champions League, and the Euro Championships and he also the silver medalist at the Olympics. And now, Xavi Hernandez has got a new goal and he is on a fresh mission, the mission is to support disadvantaged children and provide them a safe space where they can play the sport and groom up their skills.
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09
Feb 19

SANCHEZ APPRECIATES XAVI

Former Barcelona ace Xavi Hernandez made a prediction that Qatar would be the winners of the Asian Cup, much to the delight of the country’s national team head coach following their triumph.

Xavi rightly predicted that the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts will come home with the trophy and he got his prediction spot on.
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24
Dec 18

Xavi Will Give The Balloon D’Or Everytime To Messi

Xavi who is the brand ambassador for the World Cup in Qatar said that it was not fair to not give the prestigious award to Lionel Messi in this year and he also said that, he would give the award to him every time. Xavi was speaking at an event in the capital city of Doha, where the design of the new stadium was being unveiled. The most interesting fact is that even Xavi along with Ronaldo did not get into the shortlisting this time for the first time in the 11 years.

Luka of Croatia meanwhile, broke the dominance of the two players on the trophy by winning it this year. Xavi conveyed his happiness for the same but he insisted that Messi must win it every time. The Spain player is thinking to begin a career in coaching and most probably, he might start with Qatar since they already have a Spanish coach. On the other hand, Modric was not happy because the two greatest players in football did not attend the function which was held in Paris on the 3rd of December.
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