Two years into his tenure as FC Barcelona's coach, Xavi Hernández has weathered the storm of game and result crises, relieved by victories against Porto and Atlético de Madrid. With an approach combining discipline and focus on team unity, Xavi has re-instilled a sense of order within the team that had begun to wane.
Discipline and Unity: Xavi's Cornerstones
Since the departure of habitual latecomers Dembélé and Kessié, Xavi's rule requiring players to arrive 90 minutes before training has been largely adhered to. A further emphasis on discipline is seen in the daily weigh-ins and body composition tests, and the mandate for players to have breakfast and lunch at training facilities to ensure proper nutrition.
However, Xavi's approach is not all about discipline; his focus on team unity is equally evident. He spends most of his day with his staff rather than sequestered in his office, and values the input of his captains in gauging team morale. With new arrival Íñigo Martínez impressing with his leadership qualities, Xavi has yet to resort to novel methods to motivate his team, as players voluntarily organize team-building activities.
Xavi's Management Style: A Balanced Approach
On match days, Xavi ensures the team reviews strategies and tactics, informing players of the lineup two hours before the game. However, he avoids overwhelming his players with new information, reinforcing basic instructions instead. This balanced approach is a testament to Xavi's understanding of the pressures of the game.
Future Prospects and Challenges
As part of his vision for FC Barcelona, Xavi, in tandem with sporting director Deco, has initiated contacts for 19-year-old Brazilian winger Savinho who has been shining in La Liga. However, the road ahead is not without obstacles. The recent cheekbone fracture of Ronald Araujo before the decisive game against Girona is a reminder of the challenges Xavi faces in maintaining a competitive lineup.
In the flux of game crises and victories, Xavi Hernández stands as a beacon of discipline and unity, steering FC Barcelona with an unwavering hand and a clear vision of the club's future.