Video Spotted As Barcelona Boss Xavi Rolls Back the Hands of Time With Breathtaking Ball Control

Video Spotted As Barcelona Boss Xavi Rolls Back the Hands of Time With Breathtaking Ball Control

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez delivered an outstanding piece of skill during his side's triumph over Athletic Bilbao
  • The 42-year-old former footballer turned coach did not only exhibit his tactical nous but gave a reminder of why he is rated as one of the best midfielders of his generation
  • Xavi will hope his side maintains the winning momentum when the Blaugrana cross swords with Bayern Munich in the penultimate Champions League game

Xavi Hernandez gave a reminder of why he is considered one of the best midfielders of his generation with his stunning ball control.

The Barcelona boss rolled back the hands of time to produce one of the highlight reels in his side's four-nil win against Athletic Bilbao.

Xavi's charges run riot at the Spotify Camp Nou on Sunday evening to record back-to-back wins in La Liga after suffering their first loss of the season last week against league leaders Real Madrid.

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Barcelona boss Xavi supervised his team to a resounding victory against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening. Photos by Pedro Salado and Alex Caparros.
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Despite the comprehensive nature and superlative performance of his side, it was a breathtaking moment at the half-hour mark by the 42-year-old manager that caused fans to purr over his timeless skill.

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In the video making the rounds on social media, a long clearance from Bilbao's goalkeeper went out of play however, with Xavi in his technical area, the ex-Spain midfielder controlled the ball with unerring perfection much to the admiration of fans.

What's next for Xavi?

Xavi would hope to revive Barcelona's slim chance of qualifying for the round-of-16 in the Champions League when they host Bayern Munich in midweek.

Currently, in the third position behind Inter Milan and Bayern, the Catalan giants would hope to win their last two group games while hoping the Nerazzurri drop points in the process, as noted by CNN.

Barcelona president throws weight behind Xavi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Barcelona manager Xavi has received the backing of club president Joan Laporta to turn the Catalans' fortunes around after a turbulent few weeks at Camp Nou.

Xavi faced heavy criticisms from supporters after Barcelona’s disappointing Champions League results against Inter Milan and the El Clasico loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Laporta has now revealed that he has complete faith in the 42-year-old manager who he says has the ability to lead Barcelona back to the top after the club’s recent setbacks, Barca Universal reports.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.