Liverpool Legend Reveals Real Reason Behind ‘Struggling’ FC Barcelona After Xavi Announces Departure

Published 01/28/2024, 4:39 AM EST

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Barcelona fans were left trembling on Saturday, not just from the humiliating 3-5 thrashing by Villarreal, but by the bombshell dropped in the post-match conference. Xavi, the prodigal son who promised to restore Camp Nou’s lost dominance, announced his imminent departure. The Blaugrana boss has decided to step down at the end of the season. The question on everyone’s mind–What led to Xavi’s sudden decision to bid farewell to the club he holds so close? Well, someone has the answer, and it surrounds a certain anchor at the club, who’s not there anymore.

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While fans dissect the shocking decision, a former Liverpool icon pointed out a tactical anomaly that increased Xavi’s struggles at Barcelona. Let’s uncover the ‘real reason’ that the former Liverpool star has claimed to be the tipping point.

Unmasking the ‘small’ dilemma that led to Xavi’s unexpected downfall

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Luis Garcia, former Barcelona and Liverpool star, sheds light on a hidden aspect that might have triggered Xavi’s departure. In a soccer debate on ESPN FC, Garcia identified the absence of midfield maestro Sergio Busquets as a major gaping hole in Barcelona’s gameplay. He claimed that Xavi was unable to replace Busquets’ impact on the team, despite having skilled youngsters. “We cannot forget that last year a big, important player was managing and handling this team,” he emphasized, his voice carrying the weight of Barcelona’s recent woes. He then went on to emphasize how much of a difference one key player can make by not being there on a given day.

“Busquets, for such a long time, has been the player who makes the difference in the middle. And not having that kind of player, I think that Xavi’s been struggling with Barcelona to find it with Romeo, Frenkie De Jong, and Gavi. So, in the end, just that small piece could change the whole situation of Barcelona.” The midfield, Garcia asserts, is weak and leaky, too far away from the orchestrating force that fueled Barcelona’s past triumphs. There has been too much speculation over Xavi’s future at Camp Nou recently.

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Barcelona suffered defeats against Real Madrid in the Super Cup, and against Atheltic Club in the Copa del Ray. And now with the latest loss against Villareal, the Blaugrana have slipped nine goals in their last two games, leaving them 10 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid.

As Xavi grapples with the tactical dilemma highlighted by Garcia, question marks surround the team’s defensive vulnerabilities and overall strategy. The club will need to find a replacement for Xavi, which itself will be a tough task, considering their limited financial power. It will be interesting to see how Joan Laporta and his management bring the club out of this slump.

The coming days will undoubtedly see this narrative being dissected and debated. As the Xavi era draws the curtains, the need for change at the club becomes increasingly important. Barcelona’s next clash against Osasuna will be pivotal for Xavi and Co. to bounce back, as he still believes in competing for the title. All eyes will be on Xavi when Barcelona grace the pitch in the coming days.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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Daniel D'Cruz

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