Xavi: It’s not easy to coach Barcelona who have financial problems

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Xavi: It’s not easy to coach Barcelona who have financial problems

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Xavi Hernandez has reminded Barcelona’s new coach that it would not be easy to coach a club that has financial problems in the midst of the increasingly tight competition in the Spanish league.

Xavi was sacked on Friday (24/5) after finishing the season without any trophies. Barcelona finished second in the La Liga table, 10 points behind this season’s winners Real Madrid.

Barcelona have not announced who will be the new coach to replace Xavi, but German coach Hansi Flick is expected to be the new captain at Camp Nou.

“They must know that they are facing a difficult situation, because Barça is a club in difficulty with bad financial conditions. It will not be easy at all,” Xavi said as reported by AFP on Monday.

The former Spanish national team midfielder regretted the attitude of the club which did not seem to appreciate his performance which took Barcelona from mid-table to second place.

Read also: Xavi is proud and satisfied to have coached Barcelona

“I think the work we’ve done hasn’t been appreciated enough given the terrible situation we’re in,” he added.

“Barça were ninth in the table when I arrived, then we finished second… we won two titles, but this year we didn’t reach the standard because we lost four important games,” Xavi said.

Xavi explained that the four important matches in question were defeats against Girona, Villarreal and two defeats at the hands of Real Madrid.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen said that Xavi tried hard to push Barcelona forward.

“As a professional he has given us a lot, he works every day so that we can be successful,” said the German goalkeeper.

“We thank him very much for his time. We wish him the best and personally we have been friends for many years, so it is difficult to see him go,” Ter Stegen said.

Read also: A season without a title, Barcelona announced the sacking of Xavi Hernandez

Reporter: Alviansyah Pasaribu
Editor: Jafar M Sidik
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