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Xavi’s Revolution: What have been the secrets behind Barcelona’s recent purple patch?

Briefly climbing to the top of the La Liga table on Saturday evening thanks to a routine 4-0 romp away at Cadiz, Barcelona appear to be riding quite the wave of momentum in Catalonia.

While the Spanish giants might have been dealing with some public financial issues over the past 12 months, Xavi’s side are in the midst of an on-field purple patch.

Opening their Champions League adventure last week with a thumping 5-1 victory against Viktoria Plzeň at the Nou Camp, Barca now have their sights set on mounting a genuine title charge.

Eventually finishing 14 points adrift of Los Blancos last season and coming under real scrutiny, Xavi’s men have certainly come flying out of the traps this time around.

With the mood in Catalonia appearing to be the highest it has been in recent times, what have been the secrets behind Xavi’s revolution?

Lewandowski – The man spearheading Barca’s resurge

With Barcelona’s worrying financial issues stealing plenty of headlines across Europe, many were left stunned to see Xavi’s side really break the bank this summer.

While the Spanish icons might have welcomed the likes of Jules Kounde, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessié to Catalonia over the past couple of months, it is another heavyweight arrival who has made a remarkable immediate impact.

Coming off the bench away at Cadiz over the weekend and taking just eight minutes to get himself on the scoresheet, Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly the man spearheading Barca’s revival.

Making the decision to end his record-breaking eight-year stay with German champions Bayern Munich this summer, the Polish superstar has enjoyed a free-scoring start to life in La Liga.

Bagging 50 goals in 46 games last season as he helped Bayern win a 10th straight Bundesliga title, Lewandowski has once again hit the ground running.

In fact, along with opening his Champions League account last week as the 33-year-old racked up a hat-trick against Viktoria Plzeň…

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Author : Tom Dunstan

Publish date : 2022-09-12 04:00:48

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