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Barcelona got rid of Xavi in ​​a chaotic way, but Hansi Flick can still succeed

The treatment that FC Barcelona has given to Xavi in ​​recent months has been strange, even embarrassing. The former captain and club legend announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the season, only for the president and board to practically beg him to reconsider. After he said he would stay, the club changed its mind again and pushed for him to leave.

Not only that, but the club made many moves, including a meeting with his successor, without telling Xavi directly. It was a disrespectful and chaotic way of doing business.

However, no matter how absurd the situation is, the replacement is a serious coach who deserves a chance.

There were other potential options and who knows which one would have been optimal in the end. But now that Hansi Flick is going to coach Barcelona, ​​there is a good chance that it will be a success.

Flick is an experienced and accomplished coach, and reports have made it clear that he is passionate about coaching the Catalan giants. He stayed on the sidelines, leaving himself open to being picked up by Barcelona as they performed the strange Xavi-will-he-continue-or-won’t he dance.

Flick’s last job as a coach with the German national team was a disappointment, to put it mildly, as they were eliminated in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

But his work at Bayern Munich was legendary, winning the treble in his first season and many coach of the year awards. His second season was not as strong, as Bayern were eliminated from the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, but he still won four more trophies.

Flick will implement a different style and perhaps a different formation, and much of the team’s planning for next season will also change. Many of the transfers Barcelona had in mind for this window were based on Xavi’s requests, and that will surely change.

The German coach brings a new perspective to a team famous for promoting a philosophy for many, many years. Sometimes an outsider can spot flaws that were in institutional blind spots. And Xavi was perhaps the greatest connoisseur. Flick is one of the most accomplished coaches when it comes to signing that Barça has chosen for a long time.

Since 1997, Barcelona has appointed 15 coaches, including interim ones, and only two of them have been neither Spanish nor Dutch: Radomir Antić and Gerardo “Tata” Martino. Antić was appointed mid-season and left before the next season began. Martino also managed only one season.

There are no guarantees that Flick’s reign will be a success, but he is not to blame for how his appointment came to be. He deserves a new start and the trust of the fans.

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