Bolo Zenden, a former player for Barcelona, has defended Xavi and expressed his opinion that the coach is doing a fantastic job at Camp Nou.
A string of underwhelming performances and outcomes from his team in La Liga and the Champions League has put Xavi under some scrutiny.
Zenden believes that Xavi has performed admirably at Barcelona, especially considering that he joined the team during a period of turmoil both on and off the field.
“Xavi has done an amazing job, in my opinion. The club was still in a lot of disarray when he arrived, he told AS, with issues involving players and court disputes at the top.
“What I’m saying is that water eventually finds its way down to the dressing room if the roof leaks. Considering all that was going on around the club, I believe he did an incredible job of keeping the ship on course.
“At the top is still their desired position. We also understand that there are other games to play and that every competition is a marathon rather than a sprint. Of course, the games versus Real Madrid are the most important. Bellingham undoubtedly made the difference for Real Madrid as they appeared to be winning. Overall though, it still appears to be quite fine.
Zenden also mentioned that Xavi must deal with Barcelona’s away games from Camp Nou this season due to renovations at the renowned stadium.
That is a significant shift for the club as well. It’s never simple to adjust to your new environment—it’s like moving into a new house—but it always takes time,” he continued.
“A sense of peace will undoubtedly return to them as soon as they can relocate to Camp Nou.”
Now, Xavi has the opportunity to appease his detractors by defeating Alaves on Sunday. Barca will then take an international break until November 25 before they play again.