Not enough for Barcelona to finish second and we have to demand more, asserts Xavi Hernandez
Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez has hit out at fans settling for their second-place finish and instead admitted that it is not enough for Barcelona to finish second and without a trophy. He also added that they will start to plan for the summer soon and he knows what the club needs to compete again.
Despite a goalless draw against Getafe, the result confirmed Barcelona’s second-place spot and ensured that they will play Champions League football next season. Not only that, it marked a sensational comeback for the La Liga giants as they were in ninth place when Xavi was appointed. But the Spaniard has turned things around for the club with them losing just three La Liga games since the Barcelona legend took over the reins.
However, even Xavi’s managerial skills have seen the club endure tough games but with Real Madrid still improving, it has many believe that Barcelona needs to do the same in order to compete. But there are more than a few fans who are overjoyed at the second-place finish but Xavi disagrees and believes that it is “not enough for Barcelona” to just finish second and especially without a trophy. He added that the team needs to improve and next season they “must fight for trophies”.
"It's not enough for Barca [to finish second and trophyless] and we know next season we have to demand more. But given how things were in November, [we would have] signed for it. Now we have to assess things. We need to strengthen. Next season we must fight for trophies. We have to prepare well and be competitive,” Xavi said, reported ESPN.
The La Liga giants need a serious overhaul with Xavi planning to usher in the new era for the team but given their financial issues, that could prove harder than many expect. However, the Barcelona boss revealed that they will start planning from this week onwards and he admitted that “I know what we need to compete”.
"This week we will start to plan. We don't have much time. We're against the clock to make decisions. I know what we need to compete. The club know, [sporting director] Mateu Alemany knows and [sporting advisor] Jordi Cruyff knows [what I think]. What we can do depends on our financial situation. If it's good, I am optimistic we will compete because next season we have to be fighting for trophies,” he added.