Barcelona’s elimination from the Copa del Rey on Wednesday has further weakened Xavi’s position as manager, with the Spaniard having previously said he would leave the club if they failed to win a trophy this season.
Barca’s hopes of winning a trophy this season took another hit on Wednesday, as they lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The defeat came just a week after they lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Real Madrid.
Xavi’s position is now looking increasingly precarious. The Catalan coach, who is under contract until 2025, has two competitions left to save his job: the Champions League and La Liga.
“We’re going to try to win La Liga and the Champions League,” Xavi said on Wednesday. “I’m calm. The most important titles are still left. We’ll fight for them.”
Xavi was proud of his players’ performance against Bilbao, but he also acknowledged the reality of his situation. “All coaches at big clubs depend on titles,” he said.
“I said a reality (last week) and I’m repeating it now,” he added. “If we’re not at a competitive level at the end of the season, the normal thing is that I leave, like all coaches. When I said it, you (the media) were alarmed, but you’re doing surveys to see if I should leave. We’re at a big club, I know where I am, and they’re going to demand titles from me. Or at least, compete to win them.”
Xavi’s future will likely depend on how Barcelona perform in the Champions League and La Liga. If they can win one of those competitions, it will likely give him enough time to turn things around at the club. However, if they fail to win anything, it’s likely that Xavi will leave at the end of the season.