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February 27, 2024

Xavi Hernandez Gets Two Match Ultimatum To Turn The Tides Around As An Early Exit Looms

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona is beginning to feel the heat. With his economic levers forcing Barcelona to scrabble for cash and their investment on the field not paying off, the first murmurs of dissatisfaction about his administration are starting to emerge.

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As they did against Villarreal two weeks prior, the fans chanted criticism of Laporta’s management throughout the game against Granada, according to Marca. If nothing changes, Laporta worries that the board’s tension will only increase and that this frustration will not go away.

But Laporta won’t make any decisions to improve their bad performance for at least ten more days. Because of Xavi Hernandez’s reputation, he declared little over two weeks ago that he accepted his resignation and decision to stay until the end of the season. However, Xavi’s declaration hasn’t improved their performance in the last few weeks, and if it doesn’t, Xavi might be let go sooner.


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Rafael Marquez, the coach of Barcelona Athletic, will only be taken into consideration in an emergency, as Sporting Director Deco has already stated. However, if Barca continues to struggle away from home against Celta Vigo the following weekend when they faces Napoli in the Champions League midweek after that, that may be an emergency. Laporta may make judgments in advance if Barcelona does not respond in those games.

In the end, Xavi’s position has largely shielded Laporta from criticism, but when Barcelona’s season starts to fall apart and concerns about their transfer and financial policies arise, Laporta will need to tread carefully in the upcoming months. His own continuity might be called into question if he makes the incorrect choices about when to fire Xavi and who to name for the upcoming season.

Meanwhile…

Real Madrid will need to make a number of decisions in the summer because several of its veterans’ contracts which will expire at the end of the current campaign. Lucas Vazquez appears to be among the majority who will return the next year.

One of the players at the team with the longest tenure is the 32-year-old winger who switched to right back. He has spent the last 17 years at Valdebebas (apart from a season at Espanyol), and Relevo claims they are leaning toward giving him a contract extension.

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They are keeping an eye on Yan Couto and Juanlu as potential right-back alternatives, but they have other things they would like to focus on this summer and are not in a rush to move up for the position. Despite certain setbacks during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Vazquez has performed admirably overall, and his strong recent play is persuading Los Blancos to extend an offer to him.

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