I will pack my bags if players lose faith

I will pack my bags if players lose faith
Xavi scored 85 goals in 767 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions between 1998 and 2015

Barcelona manager Xavi says “I will pack my bags and leave” if his players lose faith in him.

“I love this club. I’m here to bring something to it. If I don’t do it, I’ll go home,” said the former midfielder, who was appointed in November 2021.

“If I hadn’t won La Liga last year I wouldn’t be here.”

He added: “The day my players no longer follow me, I’ll pack my bags and leave. When someone tells me there’s a problem, I’ll leave.”

Xavi, who won 25 honours during an illustrious playing career at Barcelona, returned as coach after leaving Qatari side Al Sadd.

He lifted them from ninth to second that season, before guiding them to the title in his first full campaign in charge in 2022-23.

They face third-tier side Unionistas in the last 16 of the Spanish Cup on Thursday and have also reached the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will meet Napoli.

“When the owners signed me from Qatar, they said it was one of the worst moments in the club’s history and we’re in the process of changing things,” said Xavi.

“I’m calm. I have three titles to win. We’re closer to success than failure.”

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