The news that Xavi remains in charge of Barça shocked not only Blau­grana fans, but also the whole world. The Spaniard spent two days at the nego­ti­at­ing table with the club’s boss­es. Togeth­er with Deco, he went to Joan Lapor­ta’s house and met with oth­er man­agers in a pri­vate set­ting.

The Span­ish press began to write that Lapor­ta accept­ed Xav­i’s con­di­tions for strength­en­ing the club, but this is not entire­ly true. The pres­i­dent of “Barcelona” want­ed to see the enthu­si­asm in the men­tor’s eyes. As soon as the Spaniard crossed the thresh­old of Lapor­ta’s house, every­thing fell into place. Xavi became more deter­mined and ready to lead the team to future vic­to­ries.

Deku explained to his for­mer team­mate about the finan­cial sit­u­a­tion at the club. Loud trans­fers should not be expect­ed. Xavi should hope that the acad­e­my will give him the next Yamal and Kubrasi. Instead, “Barça” is ready to sell unnec­es­sary foot­ballers. It is still unknown whether there will be a sum­mer purge in the Cata­lan club.

“I think about what is best for the club. In Jan­u­ary I thought it was best to leave, but now I see it dif­fer­ent­ly. I think I made the right deci­sion,” Xavi said at a joint press con­fer­ence.

After such a per­for­mance, Xavi man­aged to talk about 3 con­di­tions that he will imme­di­ate­ly change in the team. The first con­cerns phys­io­ther­a­py. Raul Mar­tinez will now be respon­si­ble for this direc­tion in the Cata­lan club. He already had expe­ri­ence in Bar­ca, as well as in the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion. Mar­tinez will now be respon­si­ble for pre­vent­ing injuries to play­ers. Also, he should edu­cate new young play­ers for the team while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly work­ing on their psy­cho­log­i­cal state.

The next con­di­tion because of which Xavi did not leave the club is the fans. Accord­ing to the Spaniard, it was they who con­vinced him to stay, despite the fail­ure against Real Madrid in El Cla­si­co. Belling­ham’s goal in the last min­utes even pro­voked Xavi to stay on the coach­ing bridge, because to leave the club at such times is not in the spir­it of the for­mer cap­tain and leg­end.

The third rea­son is the play­ers. Blau­grana play­ers are hap­py to work under the lead­er­ship of the Spaniard. He main­tains a good atmos­phere in the lock­er room and moti­vates the young­sters to fight to the end. Now “Bar­ca” is no longer fight­ing for the cham­pi­onship, but wants to win the race for the sec­ond step from “Girona”. The 44-year-old spe­cial­ist believes that he can do it, and in the next sea­son, the club’s affairs will only go up.

Lapor­ta sup­port­ed all of Xav­i’s deci­sions. In addi­tion, the 61-year-old pres­i­dent stat­ed the fol­low­ing: “I believe that sta­bil­i­ty is an impor­tant aspect of suc­cess­ful projects. This is a prin­ci­ple I have learned through­out my expe­ri­ence as pres­i­dent. I am espe­cial­ly hap­py today because we got what we want­ed. The Board of Direc­tors unan­i­mous­ly approved this deci­sion to stay and expressed all sup­port, respect and con­grat­u­la­tions to Xavi.”

Now the dreams of Blau­grana fans about the pos­si­ble appoint­ment of Klopp or Guardi­o­la are not rel­e­vant. The fans must believe in the coach and sup­port him even after rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­ons League.

Pho­to: Mar­ca