Xavi – Depay’s dip in form is a collective team issue

All eyes will be on Barcelona in the do-or-die clash against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League this week. Meanwhile, most of the focus will be on Memphis Depay whose form has dipped in recent times.

The Dutchman was stifled in the La Liga game against Real Betis at Camp Nou which they lost 1 nil and this consigned new Barca manager Xavi to his first defeat since taking over. Depay’s presence in the team has been questioned as his contributions to the side continue to be assessed as reports suggest that he is even open to leaving the club.

Depay has played 20 games this season and has scored 8 goals although he is yet to find the back of the net in the Champions League. Although he has played the full 90 minutes in 19 of his 20 games this season, he has not scored in 12 games and has not made an assist since the middle of October.

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The attacker’s productivity on a Barcelona shirt has attracted questions especially ahead of a game against Bayern who trounced them 3 nil in the first leg at the Camp Nou.

Regardless of the concerns that have been raised, Xavi believes that Depay’s dip in form is down to the entire team and not just the player himself. According to SPORT, the former Barca player opines that the dip in form is a collective team issue and should not be blamed on just one player although he’ll find ways to get the best out of his forward.

After the loss to Betis, Xavi said: Memphis has given us a lot, he moves well, but we couldn’t find him. You have to dare to create and be more daring in attack.”

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It remains to be seen if Barca can survive at the Allianz Arena as the Bavarian giants are overwhelming favorites despite the fact that they’ve sealed a place in the next stage of the UCL.

Barca have scored just 2 goals in the UEFA Champ[ions League this season and all were against group minnows Dynamo Kyiv and this is a meager return for a club of Barcelona’s standards. 

Therefore, Xavi has his work cut out for him. Regardless, Depay and co have no choice but to step up and deliver if they don’t want to end up in the Europa League.