With his arrival in Barcelona, Xavi started to do a great job and everyone thought that Barcelona would continue to do so. Yet after the defeat by Frankfurt, another followed which raised many questions. At one point, everything looked magical for Xavi Hernandez.
The young expert managed to tie 15 matches without defeat in La Liga, making a great result in El Clásico when Barcelona demolished Real Madrid. It seemed to be the end of bad results, it even smelled like the title at the Nou Camp.
However, after a painful defeat in the Europa League and a defeat by Eintracht, there was a duel with Cadiz (0: 1), which jeopardized Barca´s ambitions this year. The title is almost lost, and Barcelona is threatened with a catastrophe in the form of not playing in the Champions League next season.
That would be just the worst problem for the club from Catalonia. Still, they have a good chance for the Champions League Barcelona is still second with less games than Sevilla, Atletico, Betis and Sociedad, but only one wrong step can ruin everything that Xavi Hernandez has done in the past months, including triumphs over Real and Sevilla.
"I´m nervous, like everyone in the club. We had a great opportunity to stand out from the competition in the fight for the Champions League, and even continue the battle for the title. We said goodbye to that. We are Barcelona, we have to do something much more, we have to trust each other.
As we know, we have to qualify for the Champions League. Practically every next game will be our qualification. We did not have enough desire and enthusiasm against Cadiz, not even an idea of what we should do. Cadiz defended as if there was no tomorrow, and we had to damage them with an attacking game," Xavi said.
Xavi is angry
Xavi is also angry at the players, and believes that they need to rise to a higher level. "Sometimes you have to be modest and admit to yourself that you haven´t done anything. To reach the Champions League we need faith and perseverance. We knew how Cadiz would play, what they would look like.
We had to use our opportunities. Of course, things looked perfect for us after 4: 0 in Madrid, but what does that mean to us now if we make mistakes in games like this? Yes, we won against Real and Sevilla in two great matches, but we lost to Cadiz.
We have to start appreciating ourselves more, and to rise to a higher level ", Xavi was clear. This is one of the most difficult seasons for Barca.