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Former Barcelona assistant talks Xavi, Lewandowski, youngsters: “Xavi is being done a lot of injustice”



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Jesus Casas, who worked as an assistant at Barcelona under Luis Enrique and is now the head coach of the Iraq national football team, has said that Xavi has to go through a lot of injustice mostly because of the financial troubles the team is facing.

Xavi’s continuity at Barcelona happens to be the main talk in Catalonia and although Joan Laporta and Rafael Yuste have affirmed their confidence, the results that will follow will determine his future at the club.

Speaking about the same with Iraq Xtra, Casas, who also worked as an assistant to Enrique for the Spanish national team, explained that Xavi does not deserve this criticism.

“Barcelona this season? Xavi is being done a lot of injustice, with the big financial problems and the young players.”

The 50-year-old was also asked about Barcelona’s youth team players, to which he said that patience is the only key to their success.

“We have to be patient with Yamal, Fermin, Pedri and Balde, as well as believe in them, even if it means not winning titles for a season or two.”

Lastly, when asked if he likes Robert Lewandowski, he cheekily added, “Yes, only in appearance, but not in the game.”

What is Xavi’s future?

Xavi’s future at Barcelona is extremely uncertain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Xavi’s continuity at Barcelona is affirmed at least until the end of the season. Now, it is to be noted that the Blaugrana have already lost the Spanish Super Cup and they are also out of the Copa del Rey title race.

This means La Liga and the UEFA Champions League remain the only titles for them to fight for. Considering the troubles, though, it is looking extremely unlikely that they will defend their league honour and it would be nothing but a wonder if they somehow manage to win the Champions League.

While spending a season without a title can be accepted, the level of performance will define his future and Xavi understands this perfectly.

“I have been in charge for two and a half years. I believe my time remaining in this role is shorter rather than longer than that. Guardiola spent four years winning. Luis Enrique, three years winning. One day I will leave, don’t worry,” he said emotionally.

“I don’t know if I’m being judged unfairly or not. Here we value people when they leave. Now the work of Valverde and Koeman is valued…Busquets, too. I hope that I will also be missed.”

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