Barcelona are suffering from their worst time this year. The team are not playing at the level everyone expects them to and this has troubled the fans. They have lost all the big games this season. The team suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the Clasico. The performance drew criticism as the team did not know what to do. The month of October has been really poor for Barcelona as they have lost out on all the big games. When it mattered, the team failed to step up and thus the consequences are there. Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are not having the best of times and this indicates their time in Barcelona is very well over.
They have been extremely poor in the Champions League as well. The Catalans were on the verge of playing Europa League football once again this season before they faced Bayern Munich. It feels so harsh given the squad they have got this season. Lewandowski has been nothing but sensational for them. But the Polish have not had much support which has made the team over-dependent on him. He has fired in 14 goals already this season. But Xavi is frustrated with the results and the performances the team is putting in despite being second in La Liga.
But the team once again failed to deliver on the big stage. They have exited the Champions League this season as Bayern Munich were comfortable winners at Camp Nou. The Germans ran over the Spanish team as they Dismantled them 3-0. Once again, it is now Xavi against the world. It is the 5th time this season that he has lost a big game. Lewandowski had no chance against his former club again as he was well marshaled by De ligt and Upamecano. It seems that Xavi’s tactics are working in the league but not in Europe. Now they will be playing Europa League football for the 2nd season in a row.
Xavi and Barcelona eye Inigo Martinez
Despite the disappointing results the team has had, Xavi is still optimistic that it is just a rough patch that they have hit. Several teams go through bad times in their rebuild phase and it is no different for Barcelona. But it can be easily said that injuries have taken a toll on the team. Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo have been desperately missed in this time period. The defense has really suffered in the big games which have resulted in poor defeats.
With Pique now as good as gone this season, Xavi has set his eyes on Inigo Martinez. The Spanish defender has been linked several times to Barcelona in the past also. Now reports say that he has a verbal agreement with the Blaugranas as he aims to win big trophies in the future. Martinez has made his name in La Liga spearheading Bilbao’s defence for so long. Now he is the main target of Xavi as they need a left-footed Centre back at the club.
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