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Bittersweet farewell for Xavi as Barca end season with victory

The final game for Xavi leaves Barca 2nd after a disappointing campaign in which they lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Real and were knocked out of the UCL by PSG in the last 8

Update : 27 May 2024, 06:53 AM

Barcelona ended the season with a 2-1 victory at Sevilla in LaLiga Sunday, making departing coach Xavi Hernandez's farewell bittersweet after a trophy-less season in which they finished 10 points behind champions Real Madrid.

The final game for Xavi, who was sacked Friday, leaves Barca second after a disappointing campaign in which they lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Real and were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint Germain in the last eight.

"I don't think the work has been appreciated enough," said Xavi.

"A double last year (LaLiga and Super Cup) and this year we haven't been up to the task because of details.

"I leave with some mixed feelings because the work is positive even though we didn't win the titles this season. I think we were on the right track and I still think so."

Barca came out all guns blazing from the start and took the lead in the 15th minute through Robert Lewandowski who scored his 19th league goal of the season from close range after latching onto Joao Cancelo's cross.

Sevilla levelled with Youssef En-Nesyri's strike in the 31st and went close again but failed to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Barca got the winner on the hour through Fermin Lopez.

"Today is not the best time to talk about the future but we have a lot of good players," said Ter Stegen.

"We have to work a lot more on an individual level to be able to compete with anyone next year.

"Xavi has always given us a lot. He worked every day so that we could succeed. On a personal level he's been a friend for many years and it's never easy to let him go," he added.

RESULTS

Getafe 1 (Alvarez 48) Mallorca 2 (Muriqi 90, Maffeo 90+3)

Celta 2 (Aspas 49-P, Douvikas 62) Valencia 2 (Dominguez 5-og, Mari 60-P)

Las Palmas 1 (Cardona 71) Alaves 1 (Vicente 50)

Sevilla 1 (En Nesyri 31) Barcelona 2 (Lewandowski 15, Lopez 59)

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