Everything breaks in Barcelona: fight between Xavi and the president is uncovered

Everything breaks in Barcelona: fight between Xavi and the president is uncovered
Everything breaks in Barcelona: fight between Xavi and the president is uncovered

The relationship between Xavi Hernández and Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, is in one of its most tense moments. Although both shared a common vision for the future of the club, recent events have unleashed a storm at the Camp Nou that threatens to break the fragile ties that unite them.

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In January of this year, Xavi had expressed his intention to leave the club at the end of the season. However, a positive run of results changed his outlook, and in April, both he and Laporta agreed that Xavi would remain as coach until June 2025. This announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by both fans and the board, who saw in the figure capable of guiding the team into a new era of success.

The situation took an unexpected turn when Laporta decided not to travel with the team for the La Liga match against Almería this Thursday, May 16, which ended with a 2-0 victory for the Blaugranas. According to Spanish media reports, the absence of Laporta was due to his anger at Xavi’s comments before the game. The coach had alluded to Barcelona’s financial difficulties compared to other European giants, which was not well received by the club’s leadership.

Before the confrontation with Almería, Xavi commented: “We are going to try to compete against Madrid. I think the culé must understand that the situation is very difficult. Above all, on an economic level. We have an economic situation that has nothing to do with that of 25 years ago, we can no longer go out and choose and say ‘I want this, this and that’. We are not in the same conditions as other clubs with very advantageous economic situations. Barcelona fans have to understand it. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to compete, but that’s Barça’s situation at the moment. “We need stability and time, but we will try to compete.”

These statements, although honest, infuriated Laporta. The president of Barcelona felt that Xavi had failed to comply with previous agreements, in which he had committed to maintaining a more positive and hopeful narrative. Just three weeks earlier, both had held a joint press conference in which they announced the coach’s continuity, highlighting the stability that this would bring to the club.

Laporta had said on that occasion: “It’s great news that Xavi is staying”. The president stressed that the coach’s permanence was crucial for the stability of the club and the development of a long-term project.

However, the recent public confrontation has revealed internal fractures. The board has also expressed its dissatisfaction with Xavi for not maximizing the potential of the new signings, despite the significant efforts made to strengthen the squad.

After the victory against AlmeríaXavi remained calm before the press. When questioned about the recent events, he claimed that no one within the club had raised the matter with him directly. “I’m very excited. We are planning next season with Deco with all the ambition to win titles, which is the club’s main objective,” said Xavi, showing a more conciliatory and optimistic tone.

Barcelona still have two crucial games ahead of them in La Liga: one against Rayo Vallecano on May 19 and another against Sevilla on May 25. The results of these matches could be decisive for Xavi’s future at the club. If the results do not meet expectations, it is likely that discussions between Xavi, Laporta and the board of directors will intensify, with the possibility of significant changes on the horizon and there being a change on the Catalan bench.

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Xavi, a legend of the Barcelona with 767 games played and numerous titles under its belt, including four Champions Leagues and eight Lig titles.a, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his coaching career. The tension with Laporta could mark a turning point not only for his future at the club, but also for the direction in which Barcelona will head in the coming years.

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