Sport Barcelona Blows Three-Goal Lead to Celta Vigo As Xavi Prepares to Take Over
Primera Division: "Wish dream": Xavi reaffirms Barca rumors
Ex-Barca captain Xavi Strive continues to take over the coaching office at his former club one day. The 41-year-old, who is currently working in Qatar at Al Sadd as a coach, said at 20 Minutos: "It's my wishful dream to train Barcelona. I've never made a secret." © Provided by Spox Xavi reaffirmed his desire to the Barca coach office in the future. Ex-Barca captain Xavi continues to seek to take the coaching office with his former club one day.
After announcing the arrival of club legend Xavi as manager, Barcelona blew a three-goal lead in the second half to Celta Vigo.
Within 24 hours, the jubilation surrounding Xavi's return to Barcelona on Saturday was supplanted by the grim reality of the club's current predicament after it blew a 3–0 lead to Celta Vigo.
Entering Saturday night's game at the Camp Nou, Barcelona had won 276 straight La Liga matches when leading by three goals, a run that dated back to 1996, according to. It took all of 44 minutes to reverse that in Vigo, with the hosts scoring three second-half goals to steal a point off Barcelona.
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid result: El Clasico goes to Real on goals by Alaba and Vasquez
The first El Clasico of the season goes to Real Madrid which was clinical on both sides of the ball, as Barcelona continued to struggle to create in attack. David AlabaBarcelona started strong with Ansu Fati leading the charge and the match could’ve taken a turn in Barcelona’s favor when U.S. international Sergino Dest had the goal at his mercy, but skied his attempt in the 25th minute. That left the door open for Real Madrid, which began to exert more pressure through the runs of Vinicius Junior, whom Barcelona struggled to contain.
Barcelona fans woke up to the news thatwith a contract through 2024 after Qatari side Al-Sadd agreed to let the Barça legend leave when his release clause was met.
The former central midfielder won four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga trophies in his 17-year playing career for Barcelona. However, Saturday's result revealed the perilous task ahead of Xavi in taking over for Ronald Koeman and turning around his boyhood club.
In interim coach Sergi Barjuán's last game before Xavi will take over, Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas led the comeback with two goals in the second half, including his 96th-minute equalizer.
Former Manchester City winger Nolito added the second goal in the 74th minute to put pressure on Barcelona before Iago Aspas's dramatic stoppage-time strike.
Barça, Al-Sadd: Sheikh accepts the departure of Xavi!
The Sheikh, Mohamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, accepts the departure of Xavi Hernandez d'Al-Sadd to Barça. © Icon Sport Xavi Hernandez The Sheikh, Mohamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, accepts the departure of Xavi Hernandez d'Al-Sadd to Barça. Xavi Hernandez is well allowed to leave Al-Sadd (Qatar) to settle on Barça's bench. According to Sport, after a first meeting with Barça's sports management, Spanish then went to the Cheikh Palace, Mohamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, in Doha.
Currently in ninth place on 17 points, Barcelona has earned only two points from its last four league matches, which include a.
Real Madrid can move into first in La Liga, 10 points clear of Barcelona, with a win against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
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