Transfer Rumors and News

Three talking points from Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona


Xavi signs off at Barcelona with a win

Xavi took charge of Barcelona for a final time on Sunday night and signed off with a 2-1 win over Sevilla in La Liga.

It was a real end-of-season affair from both sides who had nothing to play for at the Ramón Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and the lack of intensity from both sides was clear to see.

Robert Lewandowski put Barcelona in front early on with his 19th La Liga goal of the season before Marc-Andre ter Stegen let in a pretty soft effort from Youssef En-Neysri at his near post for 1-1.

Pedri missed a couple of chances to score for Barcelona which meant it was up to Fermin Lopez to win it for Barcelona with a lovely shot that secured all three points.

Fermin has ended what’s been a great season in real style and sits in second place when it comes to Barca’s top scorers. The fact that only Lewandowski has more goals this season is simply ridiculous.

The victory means that despite all the chaos this season, Barca actually finish on 85 points, their second-highest points total since the 2018-19 season and only three points off last season’s title-winning campaign.

Fermin celebrated his match-winning strike by providing the real highlight of the game as he ran straight over to the touchline to give Xavi a big hug which said it all.

Gracies Xavi.

Hansi Flick’s going to love Fermin Lopez

Xavi is set to be replaced by Hansi Flick at Barcelona and the new manager will have a lot to thank the club legend for, not least the presence of Fermin Lopez in the first team squad.

The midfielder showed yet again on Sunday night why he’s such an exciting talent and how important he can be for Barcelona.

Fermin’s seventh La Liga goal of the season won it for Barcelona and means Iago Aspas is the only Spaniard in Europe’s top five leagues to have outscored the youngster.

It’s a stat made even more impressive when you consider he wasn’t even a first-team player until January.

“Xavi gave me the chance to make my dream come true, which was to become a Barcelona player one day,” Lopez said afterwards. “Me and my family will forever be in debt to him.”

And Fermin will surely be a player that Hansi Flick will relish having in his squad. The work rate, desire and enthusiasm is matched by sheer ability making him a joy to behold. He also presses, tracks back, scores goals and (best of all) is a culer through and through.

Who will we see again?

Xavi wasn’t the only one saying goodbye to Barcelona on Sunday, although there are many players who might not yet know they’ve played their last game for the club.

Two players who the rumor mill think could be sold – Raphinha and Ronald Araujo – both sat out the game ahead of a summer transfer where any offers that arrive for both players will be scrutinised with interest.

Sevilla Fc V Fc Barcelona - Laliga Ea Sports

Photo By Joaquin Corchero/Europa Press via Getty Images

The two Joaos both saw minutes but may be heading back to their parent clubs. Felix got half an hour, while Cancelo finished with an assist but was also guilty of some sloppy moments defensively which sums up his season.

And then there was Oriol Romeu who played half the match but looks almost destined to depart after a transfer that simply hasn’t worked. A return to Girona has been mooted and looks the best bet for all parties.

Flick is now due to arrive at Barcelona in the coming days and start planning for next season. Xavi’s legacy ensures that there will be plenty of young talent for the manager to utilise but the Barca boss also signed off with a warning by telling Flick – “it won’t be easy at all.”





Source link

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button