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Xavi unleashes a new coaching approach as Barcelona faces defensive challenges

Posted : 25 December 2023

Xavi, in his first full season as Barcelona manager, achieved success by guiding the team to the championship through disciplined and defensively solid performances. However, this season presents a different scenario, with Barcelona currently seven points adrift from the top and conceding 21 goals, almost twice as many as their previous campaign.


Despite the absence of the injured goalkeeper Ter Stegen, tactical mistakes have crept into Xavi's team, notably highlighted in their 1-1 draw against Almeria, prompting an animated response from the usually composed coach.


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Reports from Catalan media suggest that Xavi is set to transform into a more demanding version of himself in 2024, seeking increased effort and commitment from his players. Journalist Tony Juanmarti emphasizes that those who exhibit the hardest work in training will earn their place on the field, irrespective of star status. Xavi's recent assertion that a team needs soul to win trophies, emphasizing the importance of emotional vibrancy over mere skill, reflects a shift in his coaching philosophy.


Xavi's new approach aims to instill a greater sense of emotional engagement in players who may appear indifferent, with the goal of extracting more from their potential. The coach intends to challenge those who feel less comfortable but possess a more forged mentality, fostering an environment where hard work and commitment become paramount.


Xavi's vision for the team's future includes a departure from complacency, as he seeks to revitalize players and elevate their performances, using examples such as Sergi Roberto's recent standout displays.





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