The key weakness of Xavi’s side after Lionel Messi’s departure to PSG in summer 2021


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One of Lionel Messi’s most notable assets is the quality he took with him when he left Barcelona last summer. In the past 16 months, this has developed into the most serious conflict for Blaugrana.

Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi
© David Ramos / Getty ImagesXavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi

BarcelonaHer disastrous finances prevented them from expanding Lionel MessiHis contract, he left the club in 2021 after nearly 20 years of service. Perhaps the most famous move in history was when the Argentine signed it Paris Saint-Germain.

He started talking to Blaugrana about a contract extension and asked for another three years. Two of his nine requests were reportedly not met by the Barcelona hierarchy, leading to a breakdown of discussions, the Spanish newspaper reported. El Mundo.

With any new contract, the Ballon d’Or would have been expected seven times to receive compensation for the pay cut he took during the pandemic. After signing a three-year contract with the French side worth more than 100 million euros, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner walked away from his former club for nothing.

Barcelona’s biggest struggle after Lionel Messi’s exit

The ups and downs never stop Xavi HernandezThe team players have improved, and although they look better than last season, there is still room for correction. Free-kick situations are one such example. Although he left last summer, Messi’s departure He still has a huge impact on the Catalan giants.

The Argentine winger played a key role in attack and was known as A Global Free Kick Specialist. Since the arrival of Ronald Koeman and then even after the appointment of Xavi Hernandez, this has been a constant weakness for the team. When Leo left the Blaugrana, he carried with him his ability to score from free kicks.

Most free kicks taken inside the penalty area Memphis Depay (6) and Ferran Torres (3). Despite his best efforts, the Dutch striker was unable to score. It has helped at times but has not yet contributed to a goal. Ousmane Dembele He also occasionally shoots, although he was a serious set-piece threat but has now lost his touch.

Messi’s absence is certainly notable because the Barcelona players, apparently, went without a direct free kick 16 months and counting. The last time it happened May 2, 2021, In the 34th round of the 2021-22 La Liga season when Valencia hosted Barcelona. The final score was 3-2 in favor of the away team after Leo Messi scored to make it 3-1.

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