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Xavi: I feel supported by Barcelona board in every sense

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez says he feels supported by the club ahead of Champions League match with Porto.

Barcelona will host Porto in a crucial Champions League match on Tuesday night. They then will play with Atlético Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.

Xavi’s side is four points behind leaders Real Madrid in La Liga after a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano over the weekend. Despite just two wins in their last five matches, Xavi insists he feels supported by the club.

“I feel supported by the club in every sense,” the Barça boss said in a news conference. “I speak daily with the president and with [sporting director] Deco. They believe in the project and know how hard we work. There is complete confidence.

“I am the leader of this team and I believe in my players. I don’t feel alone and have blind faith in my players and my staff, I have the confidence of Deco, the president, my staff and the players.

“The players believe in what we are doing. It will come together. And, if it doesn’t, we will have tried. Last year, things weren’t coming off either but they did in the end. I firmly believe things will come together.”

Laporta: We are all with Xavi and his staff

Barcelona president Joan Laporta also defended Xavi publicly on Monday. The club recently extended Xavi’s contract until 2025.

“We are all with Xavi and his staff,” Laporta told reporters. “For us, it’s an honour to have a coach like Xavi — as we have always said. We are completely with him and have full confidence in him.”

Barcelona will qualify for the next stage with a win over Porto, before the final group game away to Antwerp.

“For us, it’s a vital, hugely important game,” Xavi added. “It’s in our hands to win the group. After two years [not getting out of the group], it’s a massive chance. We are playing at home, we will need our fans and I am hoping for a magical night.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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