Xavi’s Barcelona are good however they’re not nice… but

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FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - Copa Del Rey Quarter Final
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Room for enchancment

When the announcement was made that Xavi Hernandez was taking up the Barcelona coach’s job, there seemed to be a collective sigh of reduction.

No extra Koeman-esque techniques, and, maybe, a return to the brief and sharp passing sport that outlined Pep Guardiola’s swashbucklers at their finest.

Typically it’s worthwhile to watch out what you would like for, nevertheless.

Culers need to get away from utilizing Pep’s world beaters as a yardstick for a begin.

They have been a ‘once in a lifetime’ crew who simply occurred to click on for just a few seasons. It received’t occur once more anytime quickly, so the faster supporters can perceive and admire that, the higher.

Don’t get me incorrect, Xavi is constructing one thing particular at Camp Nou, however it can take a good whereas but to have the ability to see any fruits of his labour.

FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - Spanish Copa del Rey Photograph by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Photos

The inexperienced shoots are there thoughts. The ‘risk brings reward’ technique can undoubtedly be seen by all involved, and it’s good to see the crew retain some form fairly than approaching video games with a ‘gung ho’ win-at-all-costs angle.

In opposition to Actual Sociedad, Ousmane Dembele was, by a distance, the most effective participant on the pitch, and conserving him match, firing and hungry is important for Xavi to pull his crew again as much as the elite ranges they have been inhabiting just a few years in the past.

The Frenchman is solely sensational when in the kind of type he confirmed towards La Actual, however he can’t do all of it himself and wishes his team-mates to step up as wanted.

That was by no means higher evidenced than when, towards 10 males let’s not overlook, Barca, considerably frustratingly, slowed the sport proper down, thereby inviting their opponents again into it.

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You’ll have to ask Sorloth yourselves how he missed the sitter not lengthy afterwards, indicating to Xavi within the clearest phrases that his crew haven’t but mastered the killer intuition that he needs from his groups.

Certainly, have been it not for Marc-Andre ter Stegen once more, the match may nicely have gone to extra-time and/or penalties.

Maybe many people, and I’ll embody myself on this, are responsible of anticipating an excessive amount of too quickly.

In spite of everything. It’s solely simply over a yr since Xavi accepted Joan Laporta’s overtures.

That’s hardly any time in any respect to have the ability to work his magic tactically, and usher in new concepts and methods of working which is able to, finally, pay dividends for the membership.

Because the crew continues to evolve, it’s important they preserve the assist of the fan base, even when it seems they’ll need to take two steps again to maneuver one ahead at occasions.

Rome wasn’t inbuilt a day…

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