I Will step aside, If this happen – Xavi says ahead of Real Madrid clash
Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has said he would “step aside” if he becomes a problem at the club.
The former Spain midfielder stated this on Saturday ahead of this weekend’s El Clasico against Real Madrid.
Barca will look to bounce back from their 3-3 draw with Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The two LaLiga giants go into Sunday’s game at the Santiago Bernabeu tied at the top of LaLiga on 22 points after eight games.
But pressure has increased on Xavi following the midweek setback against Inter.
“I understand it [criticism], I know where I am.
“We slipped up when we could not afford to slip up. If there is one quality I have, it’s empathy and I understand the fans are sad and disappointed. I am as well.
“We have improved since we took over the team. In terms of results, it’s a shame the dip against Inter, because we were doing well. But we are top of LaLiga, haven’t lost and the season so far gives me reasons to be optimistic.
“When I don’t feel I can provide the solutions, I will step aside and go home. I will not be a problem for Barca. But at the moment, I am optimistic. It’s early in the project and we are on the right path.
“Being Barca coach is a thankless task. It’s better to be a player than a coach here, especially ahead of games like Sunday’s. I have told the players that. These are the games to step up in, for players and coaches,” Xavi said.
Xavi replaced Ronald Koeman as Barca coach last November and was given over €150 million to spend on improving the squad in the summer by president Joan Laporta, who said on Friday he maintains faith in his coach.