Doubts grow among Barcelona leadership as Xavi faces criticism following Supercopa final loss to Real Madrid

Xavi's recent defeat as Barcelona's manager has sparked concerns in Catalonia about his future at the club.

Board Losing Hopes From Xavi
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The recent defeat has reportedly raised concerns in Catalonia regarding Xavi’s future with the club. Joan Fontes of Bar Cantales suggested that Barcelona’s leadership, including President Joan Laporta and Sporting Director Deco, is losing confidence in the former midfield superstar. Fontes’ report also indicates that Deco is questioning the wisdom of signing Manchester City’s treble-winning captain, Ilkay Gundogan.

Contrary to Fontes’ claims, both Mundo Deportivo and SPORT, prominent Catalan news outlets, assert that the club’s leadership fully supports Xavi and stands behind him. Despite the humiliating loss in the Clasico, they remain convinced that Xavi is the right person for the job.

After the match, Deco addressed the media about the defeat, describing it as a tough setback. He emphasized the need to move forward and focus on the upcoming Cup matches. When pressed about Xavi’s future, Deco dismissed rumors of the coach’s dismissal, stating that such speculation is baseless. He affirmed that the coach continues to enjoy the trust of everyone involved and that the defeat doesn’t alter their confidence in him.

With a limited timeframe before their Copa del Rey clash against Unionista de Salamanca, a third-tier side, on Thursday, January 18, Xavi faces the challenge of regrouping his squad. It is anticipated that Xavi will deploy a full-strength lineup, recognizing the significance of the cup as Barcelona’s potential avenue to claim silverware this season.

FC Barcelona performance and stats

FC Barcelona

Manager: Xavi
Rank 2nd
Win 23
Draw 7
Loss 5
Goals 72-43
Diff 29
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 12-6
Diff 6

FC Barcelona is currently in the Copa Del Rey with points.

It has a even goal difference after scoring goals and conceding .​

FC Barcelona will play the next match in Copa Del Rey against Unionistas de Salamanca on Thursday 18th of January in Salamanca. The prediction is FC Barcelona winning the match.​