How Xavi transformed Barcelona

In Barcelona the smile returned. The one that had been erased after the departure of Lionel Messi and the weak start to the season that ended with the cycle of Ronald Koeman, is back thanks to Xavi. For results and, especially, for the game. Something fundamental for the Catalans.

The happiness of the DT barely got 4-0 at the Bernabéu (REUTERS).

The happiness of the DT barely got 4-0 at the Bernabéu (REUTERS).

From his first game on November 20 to the classic at the Bernabéu, four months passed. time in which Barcelona began its reconstruction and on Sunday had a 4-0 win against Real Madrid in his house and that could have been even greater. “It can change the dynamics of the present and the future. It can be said that we are coming back”, declared the former midfielder.41 years old and who compared it with the 6-2 in which he was on court in 2009, under the command of Pep.

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“I don’t think we’ll be able to win LaLiga, it’s very difficult. But Barcelona must compete playing in this way, no one doubts that it is the model to compete”, was Xavi’s argument, without thinking too much about fighting for the tournament in which he is 12 points behind (and one game less) with 10 dates at stake. His fight goes further, to return to being the Barsa of before.

Far from being similar to Pep’s dream team, this Barcelona recovered part of his style of always having the ball, and being even more direct. There are no Xavis, Iniestas or Messis, but with De Jong’s dynamics, with the quality of Pedri (19 years old) and a revulsive attack, he not only achieved results, but he did it the way he intended.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived in January and with everything: nine goals in 11 games (AP).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived in January and with everything: nine goals in 11 games (AP).

As for reinforcements, opted for the return of Dani Alves for what he could contribute to the group. And it changed the face forward with the arrivals of Ferran Torres, and Adama Traoré They gave him the offensive weight that he lacked, added to the football recovery of Ousmane Dembélé, eternally criticized and who was about to be hanged because his contract expires in June.

And although his idea is not changed, he is also in the important questions. At the Bernabéu, everyone expected Dani Alves to be the starter, but the coach chose to put Ronald Araújo, a central defender, to play as a winger to better contain Vinícius. The Uruguayan did it and also scored the 2-0 header.

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Barsa was transformed from that dejected and doubtful team with Koeman to this renewed and with DNA, which of its last seven PJ per League in five scored four goals. Post FIFA date will be measured vs. Sevilla to try to be 2nd, and why not, dream of fighting for the League or winning the Europa League. “Messi has the doors open”, said the DT before the classic. The sure thing is that he has the Xavi of the club…

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So far he has directed 25 games, with 14 wins, seven draws and four losses. In the League he raised everything: at 4 PG – 5 PE and 3 PP with which he won, it became 11 wins, four draws and a single fall. In total he has 12 games undefeated for all competitions since the fall on 1/20 vs. Athletic Bilbao for the Copa del Rey.

In the Europa League they are in the quarterfinals (EFE).

In the Europa League they are in the quarterfinals (EFE).

And furthermore, Barcelona is still in the race in the Europa League. He is in the quarterfinals, where he will face Eintracht Frankfurt and is excited to be able to fight for the title in the second European competition.

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