FC Barcelona have had a troubling start to their season. The Catalan giants currently sit 8th on the La Liga table. 18points behind arch-rivals Real Madrid and 5points off a top 4 spot. Just one win from their last 5games emphasizes how bad things have been at the club.
Barcelona are currently out of the UEFA Champions League as they failed to make it past the group stage for the first time in over 16years. A 3-0 loss to Bayern condemned Barca to the UEFA Europa League. Where they have been drawn against Napoli.
The sacking of Dutch manager Ronald Koeman was followed by the appointment of former player Xavi and Barcelona fans had better expectations then. Since Koeman left the club, nothing much seems to have changed in terms of match results. The Catalan giants failed to beat league newcomers Osasuna as they lost a 2-1 lead late in their match and dropped two precious points.
Xavi has however said that:
“It is a psychological issue rather than a football one,” the Spaniard told a press conference.
“They have to believe it and that is my job. We are encouraging them to dare and be brave. At Barcelona it’s not worth playing 6/10 or 7/10. You have to aim for excellence.
“This is what is missing. Courage, aiming high and not low because that is not what Barcelona do. Being brave and understanding the game, we are not that far from what we want.
“The squad has the level to compete and win titles. In the Bayern game there was also a psychological aspect, but also habits have been lost.”
Will Barcelona be able to turn their season around for good?