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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio View Post
    Just wonder why he has not gotten the tough questions by journalists so far.
    Probably because it doesn't have anything to do with his current capacity as a Barca manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serghei View Post
    Probably because it doesn't have anything to do with his current capacity as a Barca manager.
    lol. Do you even journalist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio View Post
    lol. Do you even journalist?
    Journalists benefit a lot from maintaining a good relationship to people in power. Very few of them are willing to burn bridges for some scandal type of questions.

    This is the main reason why interviews are very cliche and lack any bite. It's all a dance of politically corectness give or take.

    Besides, almost all interviews Xavi gives are pre-game or post-game, they are meant to give info about the game and that's all.
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    What would they ask him anyway? "Why are you such a goddamn arab lover?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnidrologist View Post
    What would they ask him anyway? "Why are you such a goddamn arab lover?"
    Anything that will stir up headlines. Veeeeeeeeeeeeery easy to do. Somehow these questions not being asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnidrologist View Post
    What would they ask him anyway? "Why are you such a goddamn arab lover?"
    Yeah, and besides, people know the answer to this already. It is well known by know Xavi got paid big time at at Al Sadd. There's only one logical reason why he would care to promote Qatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serghei View Post
    Yeah, and besides, people know the answer to this already.
    Anyway, Cantona called out Beckham and hope the circus continues.
    Last edited by Horatio; 27th September 2022 at 06:51 PM.

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    Now we get to see what Xavi is made off. Two tricky games against Inter and classicio against Real. It's ok beating up liga whipping boys but a cl exit and a few bad results in la liga could cost us.
    Interesting month ahead.

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    Quite simply he has to get better results than Inter over two games. Preferably 4 points at least, draw in Italy and win at home. A draw vs Madrid would also be very good.

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    Pep was saiyan.

    XAvi is a super saiyan.

    Its been proven.

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    (Alert: Rant incoming)

    I am angry AF now after having watched that shitshow for 90 min.
    And there is only 1 responsible for this, it's not the international break, not bad performances from certain players. It's Xavi...

    1) You play against a damn low block of 5-4-1, one which many shitty LL teams use or will use against you, and the whole threat of the team is nullified from min0 to min 93. No big chance created, 1 big chance conceded, Mallorca having MORE SHOTS than you,
    and make no mistake: if they had better players they could embarrass us with some 3-1 win or more

    2) The simple thing that was evident form min.0' Xavi either couldn't see or was seeing but not reacting to:
    we can't get in or through them, our possession was sterile AF, and the only way we could see a chance was a moment of brilliance from certain individuals.
    This is NOT the way to go if you wanna win lesser opposition consistently. Valverde-esque to say the least

    3) Why couldn't we break them?
    Look at the positioning here:
    That was our game the whole night. A rigid 4-3-3 with the wingers unable to cope with being double marked, with interiors lost and never touching the ball in between the lines, and with fullbacks and CBs practically wasted -> occupying zones where the oppositions was NOT
    No way in a million years such rigidity breaks a good low block

    4) Compare it with a possible system with 2 attackers (Lewa and an SS like Ansu or Ferran) wingbacks and 3atb:
    See the difference?
    In this one, we don't try to play AROUND them anymore, but THROUGH them: our players simple populate AREAS of the pitch that need presence, and were left empty with the rigid 4-3-3.
    It also pins Mallorca backline, as they have to worry about 2 people running behind their back, it gives leeway to our wingbacks to play 1v1 since their RM and LM will hesitate to double down and leave interiors free to attack directly their backline

    5) You can't fail to see all that and allow the game to simply go on with so many pathogenies in our tactical approach.
    But even if you fail to do that:
    WHY ON EARTH are you making FIXED subs all the time?
    They are SET and STONE no matter the game, not matter the tactics. It's always Pedri or GAvi in for the md that has started instead of them, always RAphinia in for the LW that has started instead of him, and something similar at the back when we play full force.
    That's just sad.
    A coach should be able to pick the underperforming player EACH and EVERY time, and sub him no matter where he is in the pecking order.


    PS: I still have great doubts if Xavi is the man for the new Barca project.
    Great in being a leader and an idol for players, great in talking about our philosophy, great in calling in transfer targets and convincing them to join.
    But all that could have been done by an SD and not the team's coach. The most important thing is being an astute tactician, and I have serious doubts Xavi is one right now...

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    For a dude who was very open about his dislike for anti Football and his preferred style of play, he coaches some really shitty Football with no patterns of play.

    Take RL9 out of this team and it becomes bang average. That shouldn't happen because Barca have a terrific squad. The style of play isn't nearly as exciting as a top coach would get from this vibrant team.

    If this was EV, people would cry about a player carrying him.

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    @Birdy agree for the most part but I dont agree with being a tactically astute manager as being the most important trait. Man management is by far the most important aspect of management imo and xavi is great that that. You can hire and have coaches and analysts to cover the tactics etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Respekt_III View Post
    @Birdy agree for the most part but I dont agree with being a tactically astute manager as being the most important trait. Man management is by far the most important aspect of management imo and xavi is great that that. You can hire and have coaches and analysts to cover the tactics etc
    I meant not the only trait obviously a manager at a top club should have, but a very important one.

    To some extent, yes, you can cover flaws with assistants and analysts, but only to some extent. You can go so far if your 1st coach is not a great tactician.
    Schreuder was carrying Koeman tactically, but that was not enough (ok Koeman had other flaws too, but in any case an assistant will always have a secondary role in decisions)
    On the other hand, even that fix is impossible, as Xavi won't accept anyone other than his trusted and probably average coaches

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    Read that he broke Zidane's record of away streak games unbeaten in La Liga , going for 18 games without a loss.


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