Sources: Barcelona President Did Not Impose Team Changes

The relationship between Barcelona president Joan Laporta and coach Xavi Hernández has been under scrutiny recently, with reports claiming that Laporta forced Xavi to make changes to the squad for an upcoming Champions League fixture. However, sources have told ESPN that the decision to include certain players was not imposed by Laporta, but rather a mutual agreement between the president, Xavi, and the sporting director. This article delves into the details behind the decision and sheds light on the ongoing dynamics between the club’s leadership and its coach.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta Leaves Coach Xavi Hernández Alone in Choosing Squad for Champions League Match Against Antwerp

Despite rumors that Laporta had forced Xavi to include Ronald Araújo, Robert Lewandowski, and Ilkay Gündogan in the squad, sources have told ESPN that the decision was a joint one between Xavi, Laporta, and sporting director Deco. Disappointment after a recent loss and the availability of prize money were cited as the reasons behind the decision.

Barcelona’s recent defeats have increased the pressure on Xavi, but their place in the Champions League knockout rounds is already secure. Additionally, they have already booked their place in the next round with a guaranteed spot even with just a draw or a win by Porto.

Frenkie de Jong will miss the game against Antwerp and a number of players are sidelined with injuries, adding to the pressure on Xavi as they prepare for their upcoming fixture against Valencia.

jamal hejaze

Hello, I'm Jamal Alhejazi, a dedicated sports writer with a passion for delivering compelling sports news. With a deep understanding of various sports disciplines, I bring a unique perspective and insightful analysis to my writing.
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