Bittersweet farewell for Xavi as Barca end season with a win

By Reuters
May 28, 2024
Barcelona's Spanish coach Xavi Hernandez is pictured prior to the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville May 26, 2024. — AFP

SEVILLE, Spain: Barcelona ended the season with a 2-1 victory at Sevilla in LaLiga on Sunday, making departing coach Xavi Hernandez’s farewell bittersweet after a trophy-less season in which they finished 10 points behind champions Real Madrid.


The final game for Xavi, who was sacked on Friday, leaves Barca second after a disappointing campaign in which they lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris St Germain in the last eight.

“I don’t think the work has been appreciated enough,” said Xavi. “A double last year (LaLiga and Super Cup) and this year we haven’t been up to the task because of details. “I leave with some mixed feelings because the work is positive even though we didn’t win the titles this season. I think we were on the right track and I still think so.”

Barca came out all guns blazing from the start and took the lead in the 15th minute through Robert Lewandowski who scored his 19th league goal of the season from close range after latching onto Joao Cancelo’s cross.

Sevilla levelled with Youssef En-Nesyri’s strike in the 31st and went close again but failed to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Barca got the winner on the hour through Fermin Lopez. “Today is not the best time to talk about the future but we have a lot of good players,” said Ter Stegen.