When he led Barcelona as a player in the golden age, with a captain's armband, everything seemed idyllic at the Nou Camp, but now that he has returned to the ranks of the Catalan giant as a coach, Xavi Hernandez is facing enormous difficulties.
46 days have passed since the club was taken over by him, and Barcelona played seven games, achieved three victories and suffered two defeats and a draw. In the meantime, the elimination in the Champions League followed, and at this moment, even the placement in the elite competition next season does not seem like an easy task.
Barcelona drew with Sevilla tonight at the Ramon Sanchez Pisjuan Stadium (1: 1), which would not have been such an unpleasant result if the host had not played with a player less in the 64th minute. The guests pressed in the last half hour, but they lacked calmness and determination in the end.
"It was a bitter feeling, it will be hard for me to fall asleep. We had to win, especially with a player more. We have to be calmer in such situations." "We were very good in the first half, with character. The team is growing, we are doing well in a lot of pressure , the ball is circulating ...
Today we needed a victory to go to the place that leads the Champions League."
Xavi is proud
"I am proud of the team despite the draw, Ousmane hit the post, Gavi had a chance.The team competed with a great rival, the whole picture is good, we are progressing and I am proud."
"Barcelona is made to win and we are on the right track. This is the Barcelona I want to see, dominant, brave ... ", said Xavi. The absence of the second goal is not the main problem, according to the young expert.
"We lacked patience and to know when was the right time to attack. I don't think we missed a goal, we lacked an understanding of the game." "Maturity to see what we need to do. We made the wrong choices. Sevilla are a very experienced and strong team but we were better.
I think we deserved more than a point, "Xavi said. Barcelona is in seventh place in the table after 18 games in the Primera, with two points less than fourth-placed Rayo Vallecano. However, that gap behind the fourth position could increase to four points tomorrow, if Atletico Madrid celebrates in Granada and overtakes the team from Vallecas.
Obviously, these youngsters have a long way to go before they can play top-notch football. Regardless of the quality of the team, inexperience has decided in many matches, and it would not be bad for Barcelona to find someone who could give extra strength to the team and extra experience that they lack