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“They kill you, they criticize you” — Xavi on why he is leaving Barca



"They kill you, they criticize you" -- Xavi on why he is leaving Barca

It seems the week of football managers leaving their role, as Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez, like Jurgen Klopp has confirmed his departure from the Catalan giants following the defeat to La Liga rivals, Villarreal.

Addressing the media after the match, Xavi stated,

“I will leave Barcelona in June. We have reached a point of no return. It’s time for change. As a Culé, I think that it’s time to leave.”

The Barcelona manager disclosed that he had engaged in discussions with the board and the club on the matter, solidifying his departure on the 30th of June.

Reflecting on the challenges of managing Barcelona, Xavi candidly expressed,

“You asked me many times that if I’d be the Sir Alex Ferguson of Barça… the truth is that it will NEVER happen here. You guys won’t allow it — being Barça coach is so difficult. You see how they kill you, they criticize you, it affects you.”

The seasoned coach hinted at the immense pressure and scrutiny that comes with leading such a prestigious club.

Xavi believes that his decision will bring about a sense of calmness to the team, enabling them to compete more effectively, especially in the Champions League.

He candidly remarked,

“Everything will be calmer now; we can compete for the Champions League… at least with this decision you [the press] won’t kill me anymore. The club will improve with this decision.”

The departure of Xavi Hernández is seen as a necessary step for the club, with the coach emphasizing the need for a change in dynamic.

“This club needs a change of dynamic. Leaving Barça is the best decision possible for all parties involved. I’m the most responsible one, so the players will finally feel free now,” he declared.