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Hansi Flick’s recent record doesn’t make for a pleasant reading for Barcelona fans



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Xavi Hernandez officially oversaw his last game in charge as FC Barcelona manager, with the club legend securing the three points against Sevilla and leaving on a high note.

While his successor has yet to be officially named by the Blaugranes, Hansi Flick is poised to be announced as Xavi’s replacement imminently.

The German manager is not presently employed by any club and will thus arrive as a free agent.

Flick’s overwhelming desire to coach Barcelona and his impressive track record at Bayern Munich appear to have convinced the club’s leadership to recruit him.

However, Flick’s most recent tenure with Germany does leave some cause for concern, and on much closer inspection, it taints an otherwise successful coaching career.

Flick has not won any of his last five games

Indeed, before getting the axe by the German national team, Flick went on a streak of five consecutive winless fixtures, which is uncustomary, especially for a national heavyweight like Germany.

After being eliminated in the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar, Germany struggled to recover against top teams in subsequent matches following their premature exit.

With a 3-2 loss to Belgium, a 3-3 draw to Ukraine, a 1-0 defeat to Poland and a 2-0 defeat to Colombia, Germany’s harrowing 4-1 loss to Japan proved to be the nail in the coffin for Flick.

What went wrong for Flick in Germany?

Despite winning a whopping seven trophies with Bayern Munich in a largely brief tenure, the 59-year-old failed to emulate his success internationally.

Primarily, Flick frequently altered his formation, tweaked his tactics, experimented with different personnel, and generally overcomplicated everything.

Considering national team managers cannot take a hands-on approach with their players due to the limited time they have with them, Flick struggled to formulate an ideal blueprint.

In contrast to club games, where there is far more time to build a foundation, the international environment proved to be his undoing.

At Barcelona, Flick is expected to mentor profiles he traditionally prefers having and the coach will have ample time to build his project.

However, given that his spell in Germany was an outright failure, the Champions League winner will be observed closely.

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