Xavi

Former Barcelona Femeni coach Lluis Cortes has taken a dig at current men’s first-team manager Xavi Hernandez.

The 42-year-old club legend took over the reins of the senior team in November last year from Ronald Koeman and despite changing the fortunes of the club, their elimination from Europa League has got Cortes questioning his working ways.

Cortes who currently is in charge of the Ukrainian women’s national team has raised questions over Nico Gonzalez’s decreased involvement, while he also asked why Luuk de Jong was not used regularly if Barcelona were going to cross into the box frequently.

“The history of the club requires you to play in a certain way. Either you are very good with the Barça DNA or it is very easy to annul you. Why doesn’t Nico appear more? If you are going to cross, why doesn’t Luuk play?” he asked.

After the Europa League elimination, Barca suffered a second consecutive loss at Camp Nou on Monday, as Cadiz secured a shock 1-0 victory in what but all dimmed any hopes of them winning the Laliga title.

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