June 12, 2024

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Barcelona Superstar No Longer Untouchable for Xavi

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Robert Lewandowski played a pivotal role last season in Barcelona’s triumph in La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup. However, the ongoing season has seen a decline in his goal-scoring prowess and overall performance.

Despite this, Barcelona’s manager, Xavi, has consistently supported Lewandowski, maintaining faith in him as the first-choice striker, even during periods of inconsistent form. However, recent events suggest a shift in this stance.

According to SPORT, Xavi’s decisions in the recent clash against Real Betis indicate that Lewandowski is no longer considered untouchable in the team. Rested in the midweek cup tie, the 35-year-old returned to the starting XI but delivered yet another underwhelming performance.

During the match, Xavi substituted Lewandowski off after the hour-mark, despite the need for goals. This move highlighted that the striker’s position was no longer guaranteed, as young talent Vitor Roque was brought in instead.

Lewandowski’s lackluster display against Real Betis included no attempts on goal, no dribbles, 15 touches, five passes, and eight instances of losing possession in his 63 minutes on the pitch. With four league games without a goal, concerns are growing for Barcelona.

In response to the substitution, Xavi clarified that it was a tactical decision, emphasizing that Lewandowski remains important to the team. However, the message is clear – the veteran striker must elevate his performance to maintain his status as the first-choice striker for Barcelona.

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