Barcelona Boss Xavi: “We’ve Overcome Terrible Crises, This is Just a Bump in the Road” Ahead of Alaves Showdown

Barcelona manager Xavi (AFP)

Xavi said Barcelona must return to their traditional strategy of positional play to recover from their recent slump.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said president Joan Laporta has full confidence in his project despite the team’s recent poor performance.

The Spanish champions suffered a humiliating 1-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, leading to concerns about their form. However, they remain group leaders and are expected to qualify for the knockout phases while sitting third in La Liga.

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Despite the recent defeats, Xavi remains optimistic, stating, “I don’t think this is my worst moment at all, my worst moment as a coach came last year.”

“After each game, we speak with the president,” explained Xavi. “We are very united, he’s a very positive person, more than me even, and he is very calm. “He has maximum confidence in us, as staff and as a group.”

Barcelona host Alaves on Sunday seeking to rebuild confidence after a tricky few weeks.

Xavi said the team needs to adhere to their traditional strategy of positional play to find their way out of their slump.

“We’ve played badly for two games and we have to recover, to be more faithful to our identity,” he continued.

“(It’s happened) because we’re not well positioned on the pitch, we are sure what we can, or must, improve, and I hope from tomorrow everyone sees that.”