Xavi says Barcelona coach ‘will suffer’

Outgoing Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said his successor “will suffer” in their role as the next manager.


Xavi’s last dance with Barca

Xavi was sacked by the club before taking charge of their final game of the season against Sevilla.

Barca ended their LaLiga campaign with a 2-1 win over Sevilla.

The Catalan giants finished second in the Spanish League, 10 points behind champions Real Madrid.

“I don’t think the work we have done has been sufficiently valued considering the adverse situation we came into,” Xavi told DAZN after beating Sevilla.

“Barça were ninth in the table when we arrived at the end of 2021. We finished second. Then, in the first full season [in charge], we won two trophies [LaLiga and the Spanish Supercopa].

“This year has not been at the level required, but it’s come down to details in several key games. It’s a shame. I am sad, but this is the job of a coach.”

Xavi says next Barca coach ‘will suffer’

Xavi, 44, announced in January that he would resign as Barcelona’s manager, but he made a U-turn on his decision after a meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

However, the club decided to sack him for good.

Former Germany and Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick will take over the role.

Xavi warned that the new coach “will suffer” in handling Barcelona.

“They have to know it is a difficult situation, because Barcelona is a difficult club, but also because of the adverse financial situation, above all [LaLiga’s] financial fair play rules,” Xavi said.

“It won’t be easy at all. They will suffer and they will need patience because it’s a really difficult job. The only thing that can save them is winning, whether they have been part of the club or not [previously].”

“I have been looked at through a magnifying glass and a certain level of expectations were generated, because I was part of Barça’s best-ever era, which has played against me.”

Xavi said he is “open” to a new job, but that in the short-term he needs to “rest and be with my family.”