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Barcelona vice-president backs Xavi to succeed at club: “He will bring us titles”

Barcelona vice-president Rafa Yuste has issued a public backing to manager Xavi Hernandez who has come under some amount of pressure recently.

The 42-year-old tactician took over the reins of the club in November last year following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. While things have gone well under Xavi in La Liga, Barça have been found wanting on the continental stages.

Having been eliminated from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League last season, the Blaugrana have again crashed out of the competition at the same phase.

It has led to pressure on Xavi, especially considering the investment made into the squad over the summer to sign star players like Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.

But, despite the recent missteps in Europe, Xavi has the full backing of president Joan Laporta and the Barcelona board as they are aware that the team is going through a rebuild and is still in the ‘construction phase’.

And addressing the media ahead of Barça’s last UCL group game of the season against Viktoria Plzen, vice-president Yuste has echoed the same sentiment, stating that while the exit from the competition is not pleasant, the club continues to have faith in Xavi to deliver success.

It is a disappointment to be out of the Champions League because we always aspire to win everything, but we will continue fighting to give the fans the titles they deserve,” he said (h/t SPORT).

“The confidence in Xavi is absolute, 100%. Xavi is a home coach, who knows what to do, who is fighting with a team that is under construction. We have all our hopes pinned on Xavi,” he added.

“He is a coach that we want and he has a squad that is going to do it little by little and I am convinced that he is going to bring us the titles.”

While their fate in the Champions League might be sealed, Barcelona are doing well in La Liga and are just a point behind league leaders Real Madrid following the weekend’s round of fixtures.

Xavi will hope to go all the way in the Spanish top flight while a strong run in the Europa League would also boost his and Barça’s confidence

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