Xavi announces he will step down as FC Barcelona coach at the end of the season

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The former Barça midfielder revealed his intentions in the post-game press conference after his side’s 5-3 home defeat against Villarreal CF.

INDIA: FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the current season. The Blaugrana boss made the statement in the post-game press conference at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys following the dramatic 5-3 defeat against Villarreal CF on Saturday night.

Xavi: ‘I want to be a solution for Barça’

Once the game was over, coach Xavi Hernández told club president Joan Laporta, vice-president Rafa Yuste, and Sporting Director Deco of his decision to leave his post as first-team coach at the end of the season. “I had taken days ago but today was the moment to announce it,” he said.

Xavi reiterated that one of his main motives was his love for the club: “I don’t want to be a problem. I want to be a solution for Barça as I was two years ago.” A Barça legend as a player, Xavi knows FC Barcelona better than anyone and is convinced that the team need now “a change in direction.”

Xavi said that his departure at the end of the season “takes the tension out of the situation and gives the dressing room, the staff, and the club a bit of room to change the dynamic.

Nevertheless, there are four months to go until the end of the season and the Catalan coach made it clear that he still has the energy to fight for silverware this season: “In these four months I will give everything. I’ll try to give my all to try and win the league. I still think we can do it.” He confessed that even if the team does win a trophy, “the decision is made and it can’t be changed.”

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