Xavi admits he is “worried” by Barcelona’s decline just weeks after taking charge

New Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez has conceded that he is “apprehensive” over the decline of the membership simply weeks after succeeding Ronald Koeman on the Nou Camp.

The Spaniard was appointed as Koeman’s successor again in November after the ex- Everton chief’s disastrous spell in cost.

Xavi has made an honest begin to managerial life in La Liga, however back-to-back defeats to Actual Betis and Bayern Munich have highlighted the scale of the duty forward of him at Barca.

That was adopted up by a disappointing draw at Osasuna on Sunday, the place Barca twice threw away the lead, conceding a late equaliser within the 84th minute.

And while the 41-year-old former midfield maestro admitted he was apprehensive, he outlined that he feels Barca are affected by a “psychological challenge”.

“I’m apprehensive, after all, but additionally targeted on the job,” Xavi stated in a press convention on Saturday. “We’ve to attempt to raise the crew emotionally as a result of they’re disheartened.

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Xavi Hernandez has voiced his issues over Barcelona’s demise since his return to the membership

“We have improved in some respects, however we weren’t nearly as good in opposition to Bayern, who we should settle for are a greater crew than us. We’ve to work onerous to get Barca again the place they should be, competing with groups like Bayern.

“We’ve to hit the reset button and decide the gamers up. There is a feeling that dropping is instilled right here now and that can not be the case. We should demand extra dedication and extra professionalism.

“It is a psychological challenge but additionally a soccer one. There have been moments in opposition to Bayern once we did not perceive what to do, the place the free man was or the place the house was.”

Barca’s 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening noticed the Catalan giants dumped out of the Champions League.

It is the primary time that Barcelona have didn’t progress from the Champions League group levels in a staggering 21 years.

Their early exit implies that they will be competing alongside the likes of Rangers and West Ham within the Europa League – a contest that has been past them for a lot of current historical past.

Barcelona had been dumped out of the Champions League in midweek

However a livid Xavi demanded that his aspect make amends for his or her Champions League nightmare by successful Europe’s secondary competitors.

“At the moment is the beginning of a brand new chapter for us and we have now to begin demanding much more from ourselves, we should use this as a turning level to alter many issues,” he stated.

“At the moment we didn’t compete with a high crew and our actuality is that we’re a Europa League crew.

Xavi racked up greater than 750 appearances throughout his taking part in profession for Barca
2015 FC Barcelona)

“We’re going to face this actuality with all of the dignity on this planet and work to convey Barca again to the place we should be, which isn’t the Europa League.

“It actually annoys me to face our actuality, I’m offended. Barça doesn’t deserve this. There are various circumstances which have made us like this.

“I really feel chargeable for the result, I believed we may qualify but it surely has not been like that. Anybody who tries by no means fails.

“Our Europa League problem? We’ve to win it, win each sport and title.”

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