Gerard Piqué’s meeting with Xavi has been on everyone’s lips in recent hours. The Catalan coach is concerned that Gerard’s attitudes off the pitch could affect his performance on it.
Over the years, the Catalan center-back has proven to be one of the footballers who best combines this extra-sports life with effective performance in practically every season since he became a first-division footballer.
In the meeting, Xavi made it clear to him that if he wasn’t going to have his head focused 100% on football, he would end up separating him from the team: “I want you to be 100% committed and fully focused on football, if you don’t feel capable then you’re no good to me.”
The culé coach refers above all to the player’s business but also to the night outings that have always characterized him.
Various topics were addressed at the meeting and they also dealt with injuries and their high record. Xavi explicitly asked Gerard to take care of the adductor injury, because if he didn’t, the discomfort would recur and he would no longer be useful for the Barcelona defense. In addition, he reminded him that he, along with the rest of the captains, must make an economic effort above the rest of the players, thus demonstrating his commitment to the team.
Gerard Piqué, who is more than capable of continuing to help FC Barcelona in every way possible, would have promised Xavi to fulfill each and every one of the high expectations placed on him.
Many believe that the one who has been one of the best defenders in the history of Barça has missed the mark, but it must be recognized that his performance since Xavi Hernández came to the bench has been excellent. Time will speak and put everyone in their place.