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Barcelona Manager Xavi Shared A Lovely Moment With Former Teammate Ivan Rakitic

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Barcelona Manager Xavi Shared A Lovely Moment With Former Teammate Ivan Rakitic

Barcelona boss Xavi didn't have the best night, as his team dropped points against Sevilla, but he did get to share a loving moment with former teammate Ivan Rakitic.

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It's not been the perfect start to life back at the Nou Camp for Xavi, winning just two of his opening seven games in charges of Barca ahead of Tuesday night.

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His eighth game was the toughest task in the league to date, coming up against the side currently second in La Liga away from home.

Once again the team didn't come away with three points, drawing 1-1 with Julen Lopetegui's side, but Xavi did at least have a nice reunion with Rakitic.

The former Barca midfielders were reunited when the Croatian went down near the touchline and he was helped back up by his ex teammate, and they shared a quick hug too.

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The two men were part of the midfield that won the 2015 Champions League together, although Xavi was a late substitute in the win over Juventus.

Rakitic continued to be an important, although often unloved, part of the Catalan side's midfield until summer 2020 when he was allowed to return to Sevilla for 1.5 million euros.

His form back at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium has suggested that it's another in a long line of poor business done at the Nou Camp over the past few years.

Rakitic got another hug on Tuesday, from teammate Papu Gomez. Image: PA Images
Rakitic got another hug on Tuesday, from teammate Papu Gomez. Image: PA Images
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Xavi can at least have some solace that Rakitic didn't help the hosts win, although he was aggrieved not to pick up the three points himself.

"It's difficult to take, not winning. It's going to be hard for me to sleep. I think we should have won," the Barca boss said after the match.

"Sevilla are very experienced and very good tactically, but I leave here unsatisfied. But tomorrow I'll look back and think we played well.

"The performance, from the bench, I think was very good. I think this is the Barcelona people want."

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The result means Barcelona are still two points below the top four, and remain in seventh place in the league, 10 points behind Sevilla and 15 behind league leaders Real Madrid.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Xavi, Barcelona, La Liga, Sevilla, Ivan Rakitic

Ryan Sidle
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