Xavi’s sins

ANDl Bara saw in Granada two points slip away again in the final minutes. Puertas’ goal revealed a problem that Xavi highlighted again in the subsequent press conference. “We miss two vital points due to our mistakes, due to lack of experience”, sentenced the Barcelona coach. Mistakes not only made by the players in Los Crmenes. Because, for the first time, a sector of Barcelona also pointed to the bench.

There are several questionable decisions made by the Catalan technician during his time in Granada. The first, and surely the most decisive, Gavi’s permanence on the pitch when he already had a yellow card. Knowing the style of play and the momentum and dedication of the youth squad in each ball, there are many who point out that Xavi had to tackle his replacement in the second half.

Regarding the changes that he did make, other criticisms also appear towards the figure of the Bara’s technician. The most serious and notorious was that of bring lvaro Sanz onto the pitch by Dembl. Xavi himself recognized the error in the press room. “It is a risk that we took. We needed lvaro because we wanted to have the ball”. El Bara, with that decision, rubbed and played with the wrong alignment. A recklessness considering that on the bench, among others, was Riqui Puig, also a midfielder and a player for all purposes of the first team.

This miscalculation can be followed by other misinterpretations. Few understood that Terrasa offered minutes to Memphis to replace the best remembered version of Luuk De Jong. The Dutchman was oxygenating Bara’s game, serving as a foothold for his teammates and with an undeniable presence at the auction. The entrance of Memphis, untouched in the minutes it was on the lawn, was not understood.

It was not the afternoon, certainly from the Bara in Los Crmenes. But neither was it for Xavi, who for the first time was marked with a certain critical air after the draw. The Bara does not finish taking off and not even a myth of the barcelonismo will be able to avoid the attacks and criticisms if the results do not finish arriving.


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Xavi’s sins