Barça president Joan Laporta angrily ended the match between Xavi’s team and Granada, which ended in a 3–3 draw on the scoreboard. The Blaugranas practically said goodbye to the league title with fourteen games remaining and did not get any closer, taking advantage of the defeats of Aragon and Atlético de Madrid to distance themselves from others and consolidate their place in the Champions League.
In another disastrous match in defense for the Blaugranas, Barça dropped a draw against the last team in the league, only being able to score at home against Almería, the leading bottom team in the first division. Laporta expressed his anger by throwing a tray of canapés into the air after the game,
Today, more calm, Barca president maintains his plans to keep Xavi on the bench until the end of the season, Laporta, after the announcement by Terrassa coach that he would leave the bench by 30 June, accepted the formula, as he himself explained, because the coach was Xavi. And, for now, Laporta is sticking to his guns. He is not thinking about changing coach despite the new disappointments and despite the fact that the team does not look free as the coach had intended after his announcement. The President continues to rely on Xavi to achieve new objectives,
Laporta knows and knows that the league title is a fantasy, but he also knows that Barça has a very important Champions League tie against Naples, which is the obligation to overcome and reach the quarter-finals of the top continental competition . If you do this, God will tell later. And he believes the best thing for the team to do to face Naples is to keep Xavi on the bench,
It is Terrasa who must lead the team to accomplish its objectives in the league. Once the title is considered almost impossible, Barça is obliged to finish in the top four to compete in the next edition of the Champions League, second place is an objective that will allow the Barça team to play in the next edition of the Spanish Super. Will give. cup.
Once the competition ended, Xavi would leave the bench after two and a half seasons on the bench. Laporta himself and the unit’s sporting director, Deco, have been working on his replacement for several weeks, and several names are already being discussed.