07 Th3 2022 | 10:24
Video Xavi celebrates after winning Elche
Looking at Barca’s way of playing at the moment, fans are starting to find positivity. The club played coherently, liberally and most importantly, won a favorable result in the end. The eight-match unbeaten streak helped Blaugrana overcome Napoli to continue in the Europa League and take third place in La Liga.
During this period, Xavi made clear a difference that Ronald Koeman did not have during his time at the Nou Camp. When Barca came to a stalemate, the substitutes entered the field to breathe new life, thereby bringing the Catalan giants through. That again in the 2-1 victory over Elche recently.
Ferran Torres came on after half-time and scored the equalizer in injury time. Memphis Depay also came on from the bench and then scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.
More broadly, Barça’s last five goals have been scored by players who weren’t in the starting XI. Ousmane Dembele, Luuk de Jong and Memphis all scored after coming on in the win over Athletic Club last weekend. That’s not even taking into account the fact that they contribute to the assists phase. Typically Dembele, not only scored in the net of Bilbao, but the French player personally cleared the table for two Dutch teammates to open fire.
Obviously, with new replacements, Xavi now has a wide range of options and depth in the squad. In addition to those mentioned, Xavi has confidence in Adama Traore or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored four goals since arriving at the Nou Camp.
In the near future, Barca also has another attack plan like Ansu Fati or Martin Braithwaite, the duo is on the way to re-appear after injury.
Xavi’s comfortable selection of frontline personnel is the result of active shopping days on the market. That is different from the Koeman dynasty that Xavi was fortunate to have to revive Barca.
Xavi is good with a modern tactical mindset suitable for Barca, but this leader still needs other factors to support. That is currently true of the Spanish strategist because he can create a highlight with substitutions.