On January 27, Xavi announced that he will leave his position as coach of FC Barcelona at the end of the season. Only two weeks later, and in view of Barca's worrying results, AS reveals that he has been given an ultimatum, with his role as coach at stake. “All eyes are on the Champions League match against Napoli in a week. The result of this match could be decisive for Xavi's short-term future. A defeat could precipitate the immediate departure of the current coach, with Rafa Márquez a possible candidate to occupy the bench for the remainder of the season.
The main person concerned seems to agree with this challenge, the Spanish daily writes that the former midfielder does not want to be a hindrance for the club, and that he will leave as soon as possible if necessary. So, on February 21 at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, a turning point will take place in the Barcelona season, no matter what happens.