New Sheriff in Barcelona! Xavi wields the big stick, hits Dembele

New Sheriff in Barcelona! Xavi wields the big stick, hits Dembele
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Ousmane Dembele in Barcelona training with Ansu Fati ( Image: Alejandro Garcia/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Former Barcelona player and now the new coach on the saddle, Xavi Hernandez has shown he will be a ‘no nonsense man’.


In his first interaction, he has laid down the law at Barcelona as he makes an example out of Ousmane Dembele

He is intent on implementing more discipline into the club following his appointment and has moved to use Ousmane Dembele as an example.

According Mirror, Dembele arrived at the club’s training facilities three minutes late on Friday morning and will now be fined for his tardiness – with turning up late not tolerated under the new regime.

He has outlined a 10-rule for the club.

The first of those rules was that all players arrive 90 minutes early for the club’s training sessions and this is what Dembele has fallen foul of.

The Blaugrana’s training session was due to commence at 10am on Friday morning with all players instructed to arrive an hour-and-a-half prior to this starting.

Dembele failed to turn up on time – announcing himself at the club’s facilities at 8.33am – three minutes late.

Whilst this appears to be somewhat of a minor display of tardiness and poor time-keeping, Xavi is intent on making an example that this will not be tolerated and the player will be fined.

The early start is so that his stars can adequately prepare for the upcoming session as well as enjoy a quiet breakfast and host one on one chats with members of coaching staff if needed.

The first rule also ties into the second – that Xavi’s backroom staff must set an example to the players and arrive two hours prior to the training session starting, 30 minutes before the players.

 This is for similar reasons as previously mentioned for the players, such as the staff being able to conduct any private chats with the stars beforehand.

No Barca boss since Luis Enrique back in 2017 has implemented any kind of fine structure but having played under Pep Guardiola – a boss in keen favour of fines, Xavi has duly followed suit.

Anyone who falls foul of the rules – including eating breakfast and meals together as a squad at the club’s facilities – will be disciplined.

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