clash between an old frame and Xavi


All is not rosy at FC Barcelona. Despite good results, especially in La Liga (the Catalan club is 2nd in the standings), tensions appear in the locker room, between the coach, Xavi, and an important former Barça player, Gerard Piqué.

Gerard Pique Ferran Torres Barca

According to information revealed by the daily Sport, it heated up between the 35-year-old Spanish central defender and his ex-teammate now coach, Xavi. Last Tuesday, after the defeat of Barça in Germany, against Bayern Munich (0-2), in the Champions League, Gerard Piqué launched a spade at his coach concerning his playing time, in the locker room: “I don’t even play pétanque”. Tit for tat, Xavi replied: “And you’re going to play even less now.”

Long holder at FC Barcelona in previous seasons and executive of the club, Gerard Piqué is living his first season on the bench, while the Spanish international (103 caps) has extremely short playing time (2 appearances this season only). The central defender still has two years of contract with the Catalan formation. The leaders of the Catalan club even hope, according to Sportthat Gerard Pique is leaving soon, after claiming in the past that he would step down if he no longer feels useful at Barca.

Koundé hopes to play in central defense

A competitor of Gerard Piqué, Jules Koundé, spoke about his positioning with Barça in The Team : “Xavi says he wants to use me as a centre-back. That’s why I chose Barça, because I know that most of the time I will play in this position. Afterwards, the conditions meant that I started on the right side more often. Even if, in cumulative playing time, I am used as much in the axis as on the side.

Against Elche (3-0), this weekend in La Liga, the 23-year-old Frenchman played as a right-back before playing in the center from the 59th.