Barcelona supervisor Xavi Hernandez finds himself on the improper foot in historical past after his aspect suffered a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao within the Copa del Rey yesterday (24 January). With that end result, the 44-year-old has now turn into the losingest Spanish coach within the membership’s historical past.
It has not been the most effective efficiency for Xavi and Barcelona in current weeks. The Blaugrana have been not too long ago humiliated within the ultimate of the Spanish Tremendous Cup by their arch-rivals Actual Madrid with a 4-1 deficit.
Again-to-back wins in opposition to Unionistas and Actual Betis introduced again some hope, however Xavi’s aspect fell quick once more once they took on Athletic Bilbao within the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday (24 January).
As a consequence of a sloppy begin to the match, the Blaugrana discovered themselves one aim behind within the first minute. Robert Lewandowski pulled again the equalizer and Lamine Yamal made it 2-1 simply earlier than half-time. Nonetheless, the Catalan giants failed to keep up that momentum, permitting the Basque group to punish them after the restart.
Oihan Sacet, Nico Williams and Inaki Williams led a second-half rout, scoring a aim every to safe an important win for Athletic Bilbao, condemning Barcelona to a different painful defeat.
The end result means Xavi has turn into the losingest Spanish coach in Blaugrana historical past. In accordance with Transfermarkt, the tactician’s total report on the membership stands at 76 wins, 20 attracts and 25 defeats in 121 matches in all competitions.
To this point he has received two trophies with the membership, particularly the Spanish Tremendous Cup and La Liga. Nonetheless, the Blaugrana are unlikely to say silverware this season attributable to their poor degree of efficiency until there’s a magical turnaround within the coming weeks.
What’s subsequent for Xavi and Barcelona?
After yesterday’s embarrassing loss, Xavi and Barcelona will now flip their consideration to La Liga, the place they are going to be in motion this weekend. They are going to tackle Villarreal on the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on Saturday (27 January).
They are going to then tackle Osasuna within the Spanish prime flight subsequent Wednesday (January 31), earlier than taking up Alaves within the league subsequent Saturday (February 2).
Xavi should act within the coming weeks to make sure the safety of his job, in any other case it might not be a shock if he’s finally faraway from his place.