Barcelona membership president Joan Laporta insists he has at all times backed head coach Xavi regardless of their failings within the Champions League.
The Blaugrana spent massive in the summertime switch window regardless of their well-documented monetary issues and have been anticipated to be one of many fundamental contenders to overcome Europe.
However for a second season working, Xavi was unable to information Barcelona out of the group stage and they’ll return to the Europa League post-Christmas, drawing Manchester United within the play-off spherical.
As soon as Barça’s elimination from the Champions League was confirmed, there have been requires Xavi to depart his submit, however Laporta says his job has by no means been beneath menace.
“Not at any time limit [has Xavi’s job been under threat]. We now have full confidence in Xavi as a coach,” Laporta stated in an interview with Sport.
“And I can guarantee you that we’re very happy with the coach we’ve got. He’s a coach who is aware of the membership very effectively, who is aware of the second at which he has arrived. As well as, he is aware of easy methods to talk with the totally different members of the membership about every little thing that may be improved.”
Whereas Barcelona have struggled in Europe, they head into the World Cup break as La Liga leaders following Actual Madrid’s dip in kind in latest weeks, and Laporta pointed to this as a cause to be proud this season.
“The membership is completely energetic, it is rather dynamic, and being a multi-sport membership, there’s at all times competitors and we’ve got to be at all times on alert. However, definitely, this Christmas we can rejoice it as leaders of the league and that is essential for the tranquillity of all, in order that the group takes confidence and believes in itself, which is essential,” he added.
“In Pamplona [in the comeback win vs Osasuna], they confirmed the mettle of champions, that they’ve the character to beat adversity and that they wish to win this league.”