A second 3-0 battering by Bayern Munich within two months led to Barcelona’s relegation to the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday night. The Catalans failed to finish ahead of Benfica in their group, owing to which they could only manage a third spot finish.
The disaster in the UCL brought to light the urgency at the club. Barcelona are in desperate need of a change, not just in the form of new signings but also as departures.
According to Toni Juanmarti, a high-profile meeting took place at the club facilities earlier today. The meeting scheduled before training saw the presence of Xavi, Laporta, Mateu Alemany, Rafa Yuste, and Jordi Cruyff.
The discussion was to plan the coming winter window for the club in terms of strategic signings and profitable sales of players. The possibilities of signing Ferran Torres and Edinson Cavani were strongly considered. The manager expects 2-3 signings in January.
Xavi Hernandez lashed out at several players who lacked character during the half-time break on Wednesday. Some players like Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, and Sergino Dest are, reportedly, now on the transfer market as a result of the same.
There is a slow but sure realisation that drastic changes are the only way forward for the club. Xavi seems prepared to take bold decisions that see some big names leave the club.
At the moment, a new signing in the forward department seems to be the only assured move on January. However, the sudden shock of the UCL could well turn the tables in Xavi’s plans.
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