Xavi took on a significant burden of high expectations in the first step after returning to Camp Nou, but the first three weeks at the club confirmed that the new strategist of Barcelona has a long and complex process of returning to the glorious path.
The previous three matches in which the Catalans recorded two defeats and a draw were an indicator of many problems that the former football architect will have to deal with. After Betis (0: 1) and Bayern (0: 3), Osasuna also benefited from Barcelona's torment, winning a draw in Pamplona (2: 2), which woke up Xavi's first critics.
A part of the audience, accustomed to success, looks at the current Barcelona with a blurred vision, unaware that today's team from the Nou Camp is far behind the generations that have defended the colors of the Catalans for years.
Despite the fact that Xavi has huge support, the first situations that caused the Spanish public to question the work of the head of the professional staff provoked the reaction of his former teammate, today the Red Fury coach Luis Enrique.
The former captain of the Catalans spoke about his colleague and with that rhyme supported him on the current path. "It is very easy. It is necessary for Xavi to be trusted, he is very capable. I already see progress. It is necessary to contribute to Xavi's self-confidence, but also to the team's self-confidence, without giving up."
"It is impossible to just take the magic pill and get the desired effect," Enrique said. The progress pointed out by the Spanish coach is best illustrated through the progress of young players, to whom Xavi largely gave a chance.
The beardless players who have just started playing took on a heavy burden and became the driving force of the team. Barca's children Nico Gonzalez and Abde scored their debut goals against Osasuna yesterday, but the equalizer at the end of the game spoiled their celebration.
"A point is not enough for us. We are in negative dynamics and we have to change that. It is difficult to accept that the youngest players make a difference." "We competed well, but we should have controlled the game at 2: 1 because we failed.
We lacked composure, playing on the opponent's half and possession. We have a big problem with that," Xavi said after the game. The strategist of the Catalans emphasized that young players have the most important role.
"We are lucky with the contribution of the youngest, they cut the team in these difficult times. It is a positive note and at the same time negative." "Players aged 17, 18 or 19 make a difference. They are young players who will give a lot, but at the same time will not always be at this level, "Xavi said, aware that he and his chosen ones have a long and arduous road ahead of them to the desired results.