Barcelona's winners and losers as Hansi Flick replaces Xavi as coach


A tumultuous season on and off the pitch is finally over for Barcelona, ​​and for at least a few months the focus will turn to international tournaments.

For the first team players who head out across the world, they will do so knowing that when they return, things will be very different in this place.

Xavi and his backroom team have been sacked, and depending on which side of the fence you sit on, it's either a long-overdue decision or a knee-jerk reaction.

Regardless, Hansi Flick is now in charge and will likely spend much of his time watching videos from the campaign as well as watching as many European Championship and Copa America matches as possible which will involve Barca players.

The ins and outs of the transfer will likely need to be addressed soon after he arrives, and to that end, there will be winners and losers.

Winners

To begin with, one of the reasons given for Xavi's somewhat surprising withdrawal, just weeks after all was all smiles between him, Deco and Joan Laporta, was a virtual total refusal to play Vitor Roque.

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From a culer point of view, bringing Robert Lewandowski on the bench would have been a brave move, but what was clear to Xavi was that the youngster was not ready for La Liga. However, this was clearly not enough for the president.

So what Hansi Flick will understand almost immediately is that in some ways he is going to be a puppet. Some players will play, whether the manager believes it is correct or not.

Lewy is another who will benefit, having played under the new coach at Bayern Munich.

The two appear to have a very healthy working relationship and, although the years have not been kind to the Poland international, Flick will be fully aware of his abilities and will no doubt build the team accordingly.

Ilkay Gundogan hasn't had an incredible season, but it hasn't exactly been bad either, and as a midfielder who can open the door when it seems closed, he's more than likely to be an important and experienced member of the Flick team.

Losers

Both Joaos – Felix and Cancelo – could leave with Portugal assuming they will be back at the club next season.

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If Laporta has anything to do with it – and his relationship with Jbarley Mendes reportedly suggests there's a chance he does – then both could stay, but there's enough reason for both to be sent back to where they came from this summer.

They could be a financial burden, Joao Felix isn't doing enough to guarantee a place in the team while Cancelo is a liability.

Ferran Torres is another player who will be looking over his shoulder. Brought back by 'he regularly didn't.

Sergi Roberto's continuity is also in doubt. Xavi had urged Barca to offer their captain a new contract, but it seems unlikely that Flick would have such strong feelings towards the veteran.

Barca's new manager doesn't necessarily have to be the new broom that cleans everything, but a few departures are certainly necessary, not only for financial reasons, but also to help him assert his authority over the team upon his return.

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