Ever since Xavi Hernandez took over as head coach of Barcelona, an incredible transformation has taken place in the team. Xavi has given the Barcelona’s Atletic and U19 teams regular call-ups to the first-team squad during the previous season. However, the path to on-field action for these budding talents was often blocked, with opportunities arising only in exceptional circumstances.
Xavi’s recalibrated approach involves refraining from summoning Barcelona Atletic and U19 players to the first-team matchday squads for the foreseeable future. This tactical pivot aims to provide these emerging talents with the ideal environment to focus on their development within their respective youth sides. This shift in strategy is already in effect, exemplified by the recent match against Sevilla, where a lean squad of just 20 players was selected.
Marc Casado is one of the promising talents benefitting from Xavi’s strategy. Casado is a midfielder and a promising talent. He has been consistently included in the first team this season but is yet to taste action on the field. However, under the revised approach, he will continue his journey with Barcelona Atletic, where he is anticipated to assume a pivotal role under the tutelage of Rafa Marquez.