Ronald Koeman reveals real reason Xavi is leaving Barcelona

Former Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, has reacted to news of Xavi leaving Barcelona at the end of the season.

Xavi made this announcement last month, after a run of poor results.

Koeman who coached Barca between August 2020 and October 2021, has claimed that Xavi is leaving the job due to pressure.

Koeman told Good Morning Eredivisie:

“I understand Xavi. When things don’t go well or when you don’t win a trophy, the press points a gun at you.

“If things don’t go well, It’s always the coach’s fault.

“Being a Barca coach is an attack on your mental health. There is a lot of stress and pressure.

“It is much more fun to be a Barcelona player than a coach, and Xavi, as a Catalan and part of the club, has surely noticed it. It’s the hardest coaching job I’ve ever had.”

Koeman managed to win a trophy with the Catalans, leading them to the Copa del Rey triumph, but was sacked the following season.

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