Barcelona aims to recover from back-to-back losses as they prepare to face Osasuna in Wednesday’s La Liga match. This game is significant as it marks Barcelona’s first appearance since Xavi announced his departure as head coach at the end of the season. Xavi’s decision comes amid scrutiny following an inconsistent season, evident in Barcelona’s recent results.
After a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final, Barcelona secured victories against Unionistas and Real Betis but suffered a setback with a 4-2 loss in extra time to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey clash last Wednesday. Following their cup exit, Barcelona showed resilience by coming back from two goals down to lead 3-2 against Villarreal, but a late comeback by the Yellow Submarine resulted in a 5-3 defeat.
Despite Xavi’s decision bringing some clarity to his future, he faces pressure to reverse the team’s fortunes, especially with Athletic Bilbao trailing just two points behind them in fifth place. Barcelona, currently in fourth place and 11 points behind leaders Girona, has an opportunity to widen the gap to five points on Wednesday. The team has a favorable record against Osasuna, having won their last six meetings, including a 2-0 victory in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final.
Osasuna has secured four points in their recent two matches, rebounding from defeats against Barcelona and Real Sociedad in the Super Cup and Copa del Rey. Juan Areso’s 80th-minute goal led them to a 3-2 victory over Getafe, while Ante Budimir’s second-half equalizer earned them a 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday.