Xavi Hernandez made his debut as a new FC Barcelona player this Saturday as part of La Liga Matchday 14. For this act, the blaugranas imposed themselves on the bare minimum (1-0).
FC Barcelona has been going through a difficult period for some time, which has worsened with the departure of Lionel Messi. The team recorded a succession of negative results which prompted the managers to part ways with coach Ronald Koeman to replace him with Xavi, another former player of the club, who coached the team D'Al saad, in Qatar. For this new day of the Spanish championship, which marks Xavi's big first, attention was fixed on the Barcelona derby. Although the team suffered a lot, the Blaugranas ended up defeating the Spaniard Barcelona 1-0 thanks to a penalty converted by Memphis Depay in the 48th minute of play.
Certainly, FC Barcelona pocketed the 3 points of victory, but the opposing team did not deserve at least the point of the draw. Indeed, after an intense first period, the blues and reds gave way in the second part, especially in the last minutes of the match. The Spaniard has obtained several big chances and created a lot of fear in the opposing camp.
Raul De Tomás, who was on fire today, found the right amount of the German goalkeeper, Terstegen on 2 occasions. First, with a well-grounded free kick in the 81st minute, then with a header after a good relaxation in the 86th minute. Note that Dimata, all alone against Terstegen, missed what seemed to be the inevitable in the 83rd minute of play; his header passed next to the goalkeeper cage of Barça.
Note that for this first match, Xavi was deprived of several executive players in attack including Ansu Fati, Aguero and Dembélé. In the middle, still due to injuries, he was forced to do without Pedri's services. The Spanish coach therefore had no other choice than to call on nuggets from the Masia; the latter performed well, especially Abdé, who entered in the 46th minute in place of Ilias Akhomach, author of several outbursts and who also provided support in defense.
All in all, Xavi still passed the first test. Now he will focus on Wednesday's meeting in the Champions League for a crucial game against Benfica to secure second place in Group E, where Bayern Munich lead the dance with 12 points on 12 possible and is already qualified for the 8th finals.