Xavi is distressed about the presentations of the team he once charmed as a player and stated on Saturday that they must reset to establish a new Barcelona.
Barca’s 3-0 trounce facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday made them exit the Champions League at the group stage for the first time in almost two decades and they are 16 points behind of leaders Real Madrid in LaLiga.
Xavi informed in a news conference he was stunned when he arrived to find a “discouraged” dressing room and believes the issue is “more psychological than football.”
“There is more quality here than it appears,” he stated.
“We need a general reset. I have the feeling that defeat is installed and it can’t be like that. We need to ask for more commitment, be more demanding, more courageous, work more. We must create a new Barca.”
Barcelona were getting ready to visit mid-table Osasuna on Sunday as their former midfield great tried to get the club’s season back on track.
“I’m worried,” added Xavi. “We have no option but to keep working hard, licking our wounds and getting back on track.”
“Against Bayern I saw a Barcelona that is small (in stature) and we have to accept that. We are working to get Barca back to where we need to be.”
After losing 1-0 at home facing Real Betis last weekend, Barca are seventh in LaLiga.
“We have to think worst possible scenario and work so that doesn’t happen,” Xavi stated. “We have to stay positive and know that the club is going through a complicated situation on the sporting and economic sides.”