Financial constraints limited Xavi’s maneuverability in the transfer market. He had to cope with the departures of Ousmane Dembele, Franck Kessie, and Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona briefly led the league table this season, only in the sixth week. They struggled to keep pace with Real Madrid, who topped the standings for nine weeks, and even Girona, their local rivals, who held the lead for three weeks.
Currently, Barcelona sits in fourth place with 31 points. Although the gap is only four points from Madrid at the top, and the season is just 13 weeks old, criticisms persist against Xavi, who recently signed a contract until 2025.
Xavi could potentially lose his job if Barcelona’s performance does not improve. Despite the pressure, Xavi remains untroubled as President Joan Laporta consistently supports him. He is confident in rejuvenating Barcelona swiftly, especially if injured players can return to the lineup.
“I always feel fully supported by the club. I talk to President Laporta and Sports Director Deco every day. They believe in this project and know we have to work hard. They have complete faith,” said Xavi in an interview with ESPN.
“As the team’s leader, I have confidence in my players. I don’t feel alone. I trust my players and staff entirely. I have confidence in Deco, the president, the staff, and my players.”
“The players also believe in this team’s project. Everything will soon improve. If not, we will keep trying. Last season was the same, but they pulled through until the end. I am confident this will yield results soon.“