Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandez, said that his team managed to save a season that would have been disastrous, pointing out the need to make a lot of changes in the coming period, after the team ended its season without titles.
The Blaugrana coach began his statements by saying: “In a big club like Barca, you should change a lot of things when you are not crowned with titles,” stressing that his team cannot “stay without championships” for another year, in statements he made after the team’s season ended on Sunday 22 May, losing to Villarreal 0-2, at the end of the Spanish League competitions, which Barcelona finished in runners-up, and failed to achieve any title.
Xavi added: “We have to be satisfied, although we are not happy, with what we have done over the past six months. We saved a season that would have been disastrous, securing qualification for the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup. In November the situation was at its worst.”
The Catalan coach added: “Now the work will be more on the table, and it can become more important than working on the field,” stressing the need to “strengthen the team’s ranks in order to compete for all titles.”
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez: Signing Neymar Jr is very difficult
And whether the club is looking to sign the Brazilian Neymar, Xavi said: “He has a contract with PSG. It seems very difficult. I have not spoken about this with President Juan Laporta.”
And Xavi answered a question about whether French winger Ousmane Dembele played his last matches with Barcelona (in the face of Villarreal), Xavi did not rule out any matter, saying: “Every player goes where he wants, to where he can be happy. I can only talk. Well about Othman, and his unmistakable performance.”
Marcos Alonso is on Barcelona’s radar
According to press reports, Barcelona is setting its sights on Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso. According to the newspaper “Marca”, the sports administration of FC Barcelona is working on evaluating several names, but Alonso tops the list.
However, the newspaper pointed out that hiring the 31-year-old would not be easy. Because the Spanish left-back still has a year left of his contract with the English club, and the Catalan team will have to negotiate with Chelsea on the transfer price, if the London club agrees to sell it.
“Marca” stated that Alonso wants to leave Chelsea, who has been with him for 6 years, and wants to move to “Camp Nou”, noting that the offer from Barcelona satisfies the aspirations of Alonso, who wants to leave Chelsea and return to Spain.
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