April 14, 2024

Xavi does better than Cruyff at Barça

Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at Granada last weekend was the 101st of the Xavi era. It was an opportunity to compare the Blaugrana coach’s career with that of some of his prestigious predecessors. While he got off to a mixed start on the Barça bench, which he joined in November 2021, his record two years on is more than positive.

In his first 100 games as manager of the Catalan clu…

Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at Granada last weekend was the 101st of the Xavi era. It was an opportunity to compare the Blaugrana coach’s career with that of some of his prestigious predecessors. While he got off to a mixed start on the Barça bench, which he joined in November 2021, his record two years on is more than positive.

In his first 100 games as manager of the Catalan club, the former midfielder enjoyed 63 wins, 18 draws and 19 defeats, with two trophies to his name in 2022-2023: La Liga, which FCB had not won since 2019, and the Spanish Supercup. How do I see the next 100? I’m hoping for 200 more matches he replies, aware that the task will not be easy.

It’s the most demanding club

It’s the most demanding club, there’s no doubt about that, he adds. It’s the only club where we’re expected to on win, play well and everything must go perfectly. Like Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff before him, Xavi is striving for perfection. But even if he does a little better than the Dutch coach, it is difficult to reach the level of the current Manchester City coach.

The Catalan strategist had a record of 71 wins, 19 draws and just 10 defeats after 100 matches at the helm of Barça, and had already won six titles! In the same period, the Flying Dutchman racked up 60 wins, 23 draws and 17 defeats, with just one trophy to his name. The 2010 world champion therefore has no reason to be ashamed of his early tenure. Will the next stage be just as successful?