Deco makes an honest critic about Xavi's time at FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona sporting director Deco speaks on Xavi's time at FC Barcelona.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Deco appreciates Xavi's time at Barca but does publicly speak about some mistakes.
Deco appreciates Xavi's time at Barca but does publicly speak about some mistakes.
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The FC Barcelona board was upset to hear that Xavi was leaving the club at the end of the season. FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta did not want Xavi to leave despite some poor results that led to the Spanish manager's decision. Laporta still trusted in Xavi's work with Barcelona, but after many poor results, Xavi himself wanted to leave to improve the team's performance.

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Xavi thought it was the right time to announce himself leaving the club after losing 5-3 to Villarreal at home. Xavi has planned this announcement from the beginning. Many Barca fans believed he was unlucky with injuries this season. Key players like Gavi, Pedri, Ter Stegen, and Joao Cancelo have missed important parts of the season. Xavi would have hoped to use a full-stong starting XI but instead has counted on kids from La Masia like Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi.

Barca's sporting director expressed his thoughts on Xavi leaving and mentioned that he was always part of the project despite bad results. Deco says, "Will Barça try to convince Xavi? We don't talk to coaches because we think it's time to help the team. Xavi has a contract, and the decision has been his. From the club, we haven't told him that we don't see him in the project. We are upset with the results, but it is the day-to-day of football. Real Madrid is also frustrated when it loses. There are moments that we didn't like the way we played. In the first half against Real Madrid we played very well and they were not happy with their coach. When I put a 10 on Xavi, it's because of his work in general. It hasn't always been a 10. We have to follow this line, we don't have to change."

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Deco likes Xavi's work at Barcelona but counts the injuries as an excuse for the bad performances

Deco was unafraid to express his opinions on Barca's performances this season with Xavi in charge. Deco says, "There are times when we haven't played well, and it's not always because of the injuries. We are not looking for excuses. When it is not done well, it is not done well, and there is no discussion."

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