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Xavi stands by decision to leave Barcelona this summer

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Barcelona head coach Xavi insists that he has made the right decision to step down from his role at the end of the season despite the club's recent upturn in form.
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Xavi has insisted that he has made the correct decision to leave his position as Barcelona head coach at the end of the season.

The 44-year-old has spent over two years in the Barcelona hotseat after being appointed as Ronald Koeman's successor in November 2021.

Xavi oversaw a successful 2022-23 season, leading the Catalan giants to the league title as well as the Spanish Super Cup.

However, the current campaign has proven to be a challenging one, with Xavi facing scrutiny following some underwhelming performances.

Matters ultimately came to a head last month when Barcelona lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final, before they lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 10 days later.

After following their cup exit with a 5-3 defeat against Villarreal, Xavi revealed that he would step down as Barcelona manager when his contract expires in June.

However, since making the announcement, Barcelona have gone on to enjoy a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Xavi watched his side ease to a 4-0 win over Getafe on Saturday, with Raphinha, Joao Felix, Frenkie de Jong and Fermin Lopez all getting on the scoresheet to move Barcelona into second position.

Following the comprehensive victory, Xavi was asked whether he had any regrets over his decision to leave at the end of the campaign.

"No, the opposite," Xavi told reporters. "I think it is absolutely the correct call. The team have stepped forward since I made it and the players have shown level they have [against Getafe] and in previous games.

"I am really grateful the fans chant my name, but I am convinced my decision is the correct one for the club. The fans have always been on my side and, from the heart, I really appreciate it."

Although Barcelona are currently five points adrift of Real Madrid, that gap could move back to eight points if Los Blancos beat Sevilla on Sunday evening.

Xavi's side are also one point better off than Girona, who will have the chance to reclaim second spot when they face Rayo Vallecano on Monday.

Barcelona will now turn their attention to next Sunday's tricky meeting with top-four hopefuls Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. body check tags ::

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid32256170224881
2Barcelona32217464372770
3GironaGirona32215667402768
4Atletico MadridAtletico32194959382161
5Athletic Bilbao321610652302258
6Real Sociedad321312746341251
7Real BetisBetis32121284038248
8Valencia32138113534147
9Villarreal32119125155-442
10Getafe32913103844-640
11Osasuna32116153746-939
12Sevilla32910134145-437
13Las PalmasLas Palmas32107153039-937
14AlavesAlaves3298152838-1035
15Rayo Vallecano32713122739-1234
16Celta Vigo32710153747-1031
17Mallorca32613132638-1231
18CadizCadiz32413152245-2325
19Granada3239203361-2818
20Almeria32111203164-3314
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