Defeats to Girona and Antwerp means it’s been a tough week for Barcelona and has also led to all sorts of reports flying about.
Amid the usual Barca chaos, a conversation has re-emerged involving club legend Johan Cruyff and Xavi Hernandez, who was a first-team player at the time.
The footage comes from a documentary broadcast by TV3 that shows the Dutchman talking about life at Barcelona - and the quotes feel like they are still relevant today.
“A manager is a lonely person who has everyone at the club against him or in his favour, depending on if he’s losing or winning games,” said Cruyff.
“But you, as a manager, need to call the shots based on your knowledge of the team. The only way to survive at the club is if you can tell the president to p*ss off, leave you alone and don’t let him interfere.
“If that’s not the case, goodbye and have a good night. You need that strength.”
L'últim consell de Cruyff a Xavi per "sobreviure" a la banqueta del Barça— Esport3 (@esport3) December 14, 2023
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Xavi headed into the game against Antwerp after initially leaving Robert Lewandowski, Ronald Araujo and Ilkay Gundogan out of his squad. However, the trio were then reinstated - amid speculation that it was at the request of Joan Laporta.
Barca have been busy denying those accusations since the game, but there’s no doubt it was a curious turn of events. What’s even more certain is that Xavi is probably feeling there’s a lot of people against him after the team’s run of results.