“Best in the World”- Xavi Backs Unpopular Star in FC Barcelona Rebuild

Published 11/09/2021, 2:21 PM EST
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With the appointment of club legend Xavi, Barcelona are gearing up for major upheaval to bring back the glory days. Moreover, Xavi has a host of talents to work with. Ansu Fati, Pedri, and Gavi are some players who he has at his disposal. However, one surprising name on that list is Ousmane Dembele.


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Arriving from Borussia Dortmund for over 100 million pounds, he has failed to live up to his expectations at Nou Camp. But, new boss Xavi believes in the Frenchman’s potential.


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Xavi pins his hope on Dembele

Ousmane Dembele is one of the biggest ‘what if’ players in football. His dribbling, explosiveness, and composure are all undoubtedly excellent. However, he’s been repeatedly let down by injuries. Barca invested heavily in him back in 2017 as a replacement for Neymar, but things have not gone down well for the talented Frenchmen.

Xavi wants to renew the player’s contract with Barcelona and help him realize his potential.

“For me, Dembele, he can be the best player in the world in his position. But you have to work with him and demand it. It depends on him, on his mentality, that he is free from injury, that he has high-performance levels. His renewal is a priority for me,” said Xavi.

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The former legendary midfielder of Barcelona returned to the club after a successful campaign with Qatar side Al Saad. With the club in financial crisis, Xavi has been appointed to steady the ship at Barcelona.


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How can Barcelona line up?

With many talented players in their squad, the Barcelona side has the potential to be the best team in the world, for years to come. Several young players have risen through La Masia’s famous academy to become potential superstars.


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The most notable one would be Pedri. The central midfield has a similar playing style to Barca legend Andres Iniesta, while Gavi’s coincidental name similarity is actually a good summary of his skill level.

Adding Ansu Fati to the mix, Barcelona has a talented squad for the future. With Dembele touted to dominate the right-wing, Barcelona’s team could shape up to be a devastating one.


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Hence, Xavi would hope the Frenchmen can turn his career around at Barcelona. There are many talented players in the squad and the fans feel they have a team to look out for the future.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.