‘We virtually had it’: Video captures Barcelona president Joan Laporta issuing emotional speech to stars and hugging boss Xavi after getting into the dressing room following their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid within the Super Cup
- Barcelona supremo Joan Laporta entered the dressing room after the Super Cup
- The Liga giants had simply misplaced a thriller to Real Madrid and Laporta was emotional
- Laporta instructed boss Xavi and his squad that that they had achieved the membership and followers proud
- The chief and his new supervisor try to arrest Barca’s steep decline
Barcelona president Joan Laporta entered his facet’s dressing room following their dramatic Clasico defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid to subject a passionate message to the gamers on behalf of the struggling giants’ followers.
Laporta and new Barca boss Xavi try to halt an alarming decline on the former Champions League contenders which has left them needing to qualify for the Europa League and effectively out of rivalry for the Liga title they as soon as routinely received.
Since the start of his second time period accountable for the membership in March 2021, Laporta has repeatedly had to clarify how Barcelona will take care of colossal money owed that have been estimated at £1.15billion in the beginning of the 2021-22 marketing campaign.
Luuk de Jong (second from left) scored as Barcelona misplaced 3-2 to Real Madrid within the Super Cup
Xavi (centre) failed to win his first trophy as Barca boss however president Joan Laporta was completely satisfied
The 59-year-old additionally oversaw the sacking of earlier supervisor Ronald Koeman in October following the Dutchman’s underwhelming 14-month tenure – and he clearly sees indicators of restoration underneath one other membership legend, Xavi, who took over in November.
Barca have been outsiders towards Liga leaders who’re 17 factors above them within the desk forward of the showdown in Riyadh on Wednesday, and Laporta will need to have feared the worst when Vinicius Junior gave Carlo Ancelotti’s facet the lead after 25 minutes.
Spirited Barcelona have been solely overwhelmed by Federico Valverde’s 98th-minute aim after they twice levelled the scores via Luuk de Jong and Ansu Fati.
In footage launched by the membership, Laporta could possibly be seen telling the squad that the Culers – Barcelona’s members – have been a lot happier with a run of outcomes that has seen their heroes lose solely one in all their final seven matches over 90 minutes.
The president instructed the Barca gamers that followers ha ve by no means been as proud as they presently are
The dressing room applauded as Laporta then headed in direction of Xavi to embrace the supervisor
Laporta mentioned: ‘We’re very proud. All of the Culers are proud to be Barcelona followers – now greater than ever.
‘The messages that we’re receiving from Barcelona, that match that you have performed the place you stepped up, you confirmed expertise, you confirmed delight, you’ve got outdone yourselves. You have been courageous, courageous. We will be proud.
‘As the president of Barca, with the remainder of the board, and the Culers all over the world, we’re all proud to be Barca followers. Thank you all.
‘This is the trail, coach, employees: superb. Brave. We virtually had it. We’re simply lacking the win, however I’m positive that if we preserve going, we’ll get it. Thank you. Visca [prosper], Barca. You’ve stepped up. we’re proud.’
Laporta has had a predictably eventful second spell and appointed membership icon Xavi in November
Barcelona’s gamers and employees applauded the president earlier than he hailed Xavi, who later hailed the performances of the younger gamers the membership is counting on.
Those prospects embrace 19-year-old Fati, with some suggesting the Spain sensation could possibly be the successor to Lionel Messi following the Barca all-time high scorer’s enforced departure in August.
Barca journey to Athletic Bilbao within the Copa del Rey on Thursday, then go to Alaves in La Liga three days later.