Xavi Hernandez has mentioned Barcelona “need to be affected person” within the “post-Messi period,” pointing to Manchester United for example of a giant membership who’ve struggled to keep up their earlier success lately.
Barca will look to strengthen their grip on second place in LaLiga on Sunday once they host Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou within the sport they’ve in hand over prime 4 rivals Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
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Xavi’s appointment as supervisor in November sparked a revival, after the membership had dropped to ninth within the desk below earlier coach Ronald Koeman placing Champions League qualification in critical jeopardy.
“It’s our actuality. That is the post-[Lionel] Messi period, that’s tough in itself,” Xavi instructed a information convention on Saturday when requested to replicate on Barcelona’s rollercoaster season. “He used to win video games on his personal. We now have to be affected person. I’m excited to win trophies, however we now have to strengthen. We now have to be reasonable.”
Messi left Barcelona final August, becoming a member of Paris Saint-Germain when the membership’s monetary restraints left them unable to register a brand new contract for the star ahead with LaLiga.
Regardless of Barca’s restoration below Xavi — they’ve solely misplaced as soon as within the league in 2022, a 1-0 loss to struggling Cadiz this week — they continue to be 15 factors behind LaLiga leaders Actual Madrid and have been eradicated from the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this month.
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“We’re within the first 12 months of the post-Messi period, we now have to be affected person,” Xavi mentioned. “We’ve seen a number of nice groups, like at Manchester United, it’s been laborious for them to come back again, to qualify for the Champions League. Barca can’t permit that. We now have to struggle for trophies, we need to compete.”
ESPN has reported that Barcelona are already set to usher in Franck Kessie from AC Milan and Andreas Christensen from Chelsea this summer time as they appear to enhance the squad for subsequent season.
Xavi warned that incoming signings are depending on others departing, with the membership’s LaLiga imposed spending restrict set at -€144 million.
“We’re planning for subsequent 12 months nevertheless it depends upon the monetary scenario of the membership,” he mentioned. “We’ll see what we are able to do. For gamers to come back in, gamers have to depart… What occupies us is the day-to-day, and ending as excessive within the league as attainable. Let’s see what monetary scenario we’re in.”