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Since the start of the season, if Xavi seems to be building an impressive collective guided by Robert Lewandowski, the Barça coach must still face some thorny concerns. And in particular the management of its veterans Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique. The more time passes, the more the two men are confined to a role of extra in the group, preceded by many players in the hierarchy.
Pique trapped by his own promises?
Except that the situation becomes really tense on a daily basis. The Catalan daily Sport assures that Gerard Pique and Xavi clashed in the dressing room in Munich after the Champions League defeat. While Pique allegedly complained about his playing time – “I don’t even play pétanque” – his coach replied with an acid reply – “And you’re going to play even less now” – testifying to the tension that reigns.
With in parallel a hope of the direction. On several occasions in recent years, Gerard Pique has publicly assured that he would be ready to take a step back if he was no longer at the level of a team like Barça. Now that this materializes in practice, the leaders hope that Pique will keep his promise. Against the backdrop of a particularly large salary to manage in the club’s accounts…
Tension is rising on the Barcelona side between big names in the dressing room, Gerard Pique and Xavi, amid plummeting playing time. While the management of Barca now hope that the veteran defender will live up to his promises.