Sport Grand relief or no historic wrong: Xavi facing its first big challenge on the Barca bench
Xavi Surprised with "Next Messi"
The successful debut of Xavi as a coach of the FC Barcelona stood above all two youngters in focus. A finger tie towards the future? © Provided by sport1.de Xavi Surprised with "Next Messi" is that the way that helps the FC Barcelona back to old shine? with a 1-0 victory in the CityBerry against Espanyol Barcelona celebrated Xavi a successful coach debut for the Catalans. The game was no reason to get in ecstasy, Memphis Depay redeemed Barca with his hit from the penalty point.
The first steps may not bode well for the rest of the story. Sir Alex Ferguson lost the first of his 1,500 games at the helm of Manchester United. Pep Guardiola had himself started 4 good years in Barcelona with a defeat at lowly Numancia. It therefore does not need to stop at two meetings to judge Xavi coach. But the second is already crucial for the future short-term Blaugrana.A win and Barca would be called
" This first win gives us tranquility, serenity " has satisfied Xavi last Saturday. " But on Tuesday, it will be another battle ," warned former Catalan environment. With two losses and two wins in the Champions League, Barca, 6 points, is behind by Bayern Munich 12 points but has a joker on Benfica, 4 points.
"Emotional Moment": That's how Xavi is at Barca before
Xavi has been presented at a large show as a new coach of the crisis FC Barcelona. The Spaniard is looking forward to his return. © Provided by sport1.de "Emotional Moment": That's how Xavi is at Barca before Club Idol Xavi has been presented at a large show as a new coach of the crisis FC Barcelona. In bright sunshine and under the jubilation of thousands of fans, the 41-year-old signed his contract on Monday in the Camp Nou Stadium.
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therefore moving Benfica at Camp Nou on Tuesday (21h) is as a semblance of finals. Barca will qualify for the knockout at the expense of SLB in case of victory, but would no longer have their destiny in his hands in defeat. With a shift in Bayern on the final day when Benfica will receive Dynamo Kiev, Barca would do well to bring the final blow fatal Tuesday. In theory, it would be major favorite. In reality, this is not so obvious.
Xavi is aware, he recovered a sick team, currently sixth in La Liga. He also discovered a full infirmary: Dest, Pedri, Fati, Braithwaite and Dembele were injured over the weekend in addition to Sergio Aguero. We can also mention the French defenders in distress, Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, or Andre Ter Stegen Marcus unreliable in the cages. " can not renounce our principles, however insisted Xavi. should take more risks in attack. We must go into the opponent, dominate, keep the ball. It's not a physical problem, it is a football problem. '
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A disappointing result, and the Europa League looks like a real possibility now .
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With only the match against Espanyol as a sample, difficult to distinguish Barça Xavi outlines. He must first restore confidence to a febrile Barça this season has collected 3 goals against Celta Vigo, Bayern and Benfica in the first leg. The third of the Portuguese league, led by the wisp Rafa and striker Darwin Nunez, experienced turbulence in the league. Until a thunderous victory against Braga before the break (6-1). The limits of the defensive Barcelona Sergio Busquets middle on opposing against attacks will be watching Tuesday.
This is the first big challenge of Xavi's career since he swapped jersey and shorts tracksuit jacket. " I love challenges," replied Xavi in press conference Monday, evacuating the pressure in speaking of a " opportunity" to qualify. There are still a few months, when no PSG player wore the number 30, a knockout phase C1 orphan Barça fell within the unthinkable. The last time was in 2003-04. Lionel Messi was not professional footballer. This is not Xavi and the coach wants to write the first chapter in Catalonia.
Bayern Munich Alumni: Philippe Coutinho irate, refuses to come on for Barcelona .
In this edition of the “Bayern Munich Alumni” series, we cover the tire fire that is Barcelona.If you’re a Bayern fan then you were probably watching Leipzig-BVB when all of this went down, so here’s a quick rundown of the reports we got, in their (somewhat) correct order. It all comes courtesy of reliable Barca accounts, because for some dumb reason, Spanish news sources don’t put everything up on their website. Ugh.