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Barcelona president retains confidence in Xavi despite reality check vs Royal Antwerp

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Despite already booking a ticket to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, a statement performance from Barcelona against Royal Antwerp was anticipated following the defeat to Girona.

However, they were met with yet another loss as the Catalan giants were collectively knocked off their stride and involved in some major individual errors.

While the team fielded on the pitch was subject to heavy rotations, a win was seen by many as the bare minimum considering the level of opposition at hand, one they had already beaten 5-0 previously.

Now, due to the recent performances on the pitch, Xavi’s job has unsurprisingly come into question by many, with some board members losing confidence in the club legend.

The coach has been overseeing one of the club’s most difficult periods in recent times, with reports that the dressing room is in a state of crisis.

Xavi is secure for the time being

Quashing any potential exit in the immediate future, SPORT has come out to report that Xavi will remain Barça’s coach.

Joan Laporta, the club’s president, has complete faith in the coach despite widespread worries about the team’s decline and some players’ form.

Even so, that does not mean Xavi is out in the clear but rather has some leeway for the time being. The board believes that Xavi has some credit to continue for now.

And the situation will be evaluated in January with the hopes of putting this sporting crisis to bed once and for all.

Things need to change

Hanging by a thread? (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

While the defeat to Antwerp is being perceived as a bitter reality check with glaring holes, Barcelona’s hierarchy places faith in Xavi’s abilities and believes the club legend has what it takes to turn the situation around.

The Blaugrana board recognizes Xavi has much to fix in the meantime. A stronger presence in the dressing room is being sought after, while more accountability is also desired after games.

Laporta & co. believe that the squad is good enough to compete for all trophies and they expect Xavi to get the best out of it.

Even though Barça might have been unable to sign some of their desired targets, the consensus is that the team is better than Girona and Royal Antwerp, and as such, serious improvement is sought.

However, for now, no rash decisions will be taken, but time is running out for Xavi as his managerial tenure hangs by a thread.

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