Xavi Hernandez’s training session left Barcelona top new signing surprised.
For the majority of the past ten years, Robert Lewandowski has been a member of Bayern Munich, one of the most physically demanding teams in Europe.
The teams of Pep Guardiola and Hansi Flick were among the best pressing and most aggressive in the world at various points in the 2010s. Barcelona, on the other hand, has frequently faced criticism for their lack of ferocity.
But it appears that under Xavi, things have changed. Although it is clear that Barça is pressing harder and playing at a faster tempo, their intensity is best demonstrated during practice.
Lewandowski has reportedly been “pleasantly surprised” by Barcelona’s practice sessions, according to a report from SPORT. He was not prepared for how physically taxing they would be, but he is still pleased.
After returning from the USA tour, he reportedly told a Polish journalist, “I’m more tired than I was expecting.”
Yesterday, as the team worked to win against Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona’s physical preparation appeared to be on point. Even though the game ended in a stalemate after almost 100 minutes, the hosts kept the pace up the entire time.
The near future looks very promising if Xavi can learn from the mistakes of his predecessors and assist Barcelona in reaching the pinnacle of their fitness.