Barcelona suffered a humiliating 3-5 defeat to Villarreal at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium on Sunday, in a match that had everything. The Yellow Submarine overcame some questionable refereeing decisions to claim a memorable victory.
The Catalan giants are now in a state of crisis, with Xavi Hernández’s side 10 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga. The coach himself announced that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
“I want to announce that I will not be continuing as Barcelona coach on June 30th. The situation needs a change of direction, and as a Barça fan, I cannot allow this situation to continue. It is time for the club to change,” Xavi said in a surprise announcement.
Even with help from the referee
It is often said that when things are not going well for Barcelona, the refereeing decisions tend to go their way. But even that was not enough to save them on Sunday.
Villarreal deserved their victory, despite some poor decisions from referee José Luis Munuera Montero. He denied Gerard Moreno a goal in the first half with a controversial offside call.
The match summed up Barcelona’s season, and it also highlighted Xavi Hernández’s shortcomings as a manager. He has clearly been out of his depth at a big club.
The most surprising image of the match came when Xavi was caught on camera screaming “Shame, shame” at the camera after the VAR overturned a non-existent penalty for Barcelona.
Later, in an interview with DAZN, Xavi admitted that he is currently feeling isolated from reality. This is likely a factor in his players’ poor performances on the pitch.
“We should have been winning 4-2, but you give the other team a chance… We have it in our hands and it is slipping away,” said Xavi, who is now on his way out of the club. Joan Laporta will need to decide whether to sack him before the end of the season.