Ruthless Barcelona boss Xavi dishes out first fine for breaking one of his new rules
Newly-appointed Barcelona manager Xavi has handed out the first fine of his tenure after one of his star players was just three minutes late to training.
Xavi was announced as Barca boss earlier this week and has already gone about stomping some authority over the team by implementing a rigid fine system for those falling out of line.
The former Spanish midfielder made 505 appearances for the Catalan giants, winning the La Liga title eight times and the Champions League four times, as well as numerous other trophies.
With such a winning mentality instilled into that Barca side, it is no surprise that Xavi is taking complete control over his squad, starting by fining Ousmane Dembele for lateness.
According to ESPN Deportes, the Frenchman was due to be in the dressing room at 8.30am ready for training to begin at 10.00am, but he arrived at the complex at 8.33am.
The fine comes as punishment for not adhering to one of Xavi’s 10 rules that he implemented upon returning to the club, arriving 90 minutes before training.
Not staying out beyond midnight two days prior to a game, all players must eat at the training ground and no risky hobbies are amongst the other rules.
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Dembele arriving just a few minutes after the desired time handed Xavi the perfect opportunity to set a precedence and show the rest of the squad that he is no pushover.
The 41-year-old has previously heaped the praise on Dembele since his arrival and highlighted just how important he thinks the winger will be, though a slack attitude could be the undoing of the naturally gifted player.
“For me, Dembele, he can be the best player in the world in his position,” the former Al Sadd boss said.
“But you have to work with him and demand it. It depends on him, on his mentality, that he is free from injury, that he has high-performance levels.”
Dembele is out of contract at the end of the season and, although the club is keen for him to stay, no new deal has been signed.
Several Premier League outfits have been linked with securing the signature of the former Borussia Dortmund forward, notably Newcastle, though the fresh boost of confidence he received upon arrival could persuade him to stay at the Camp Nou.