Barcelona player gets fined for being late, Xavi means business


Xavi Hernandez is not kidding around. The new FC Barcelona manager has made it clear that while he is good friends with many members of the squad, he is not going to be pushed around. The midfield legend assumed his new role on Monday, and has already fined a player for turning up late for practice.

Barcelona needs to be whipped back into shape after a mediocre campaign so far. Xavi arrived with a mountain to climb, but within less than a week he has already made some drastic changes. During his presentation, he put a premium on hard work and discipline, and Ousmane Dembele is the latest player to find out that the new manager means business.

On Friday, Dembele arrived late for training and was immediately slapped with a fine. According to a report by Marca, Dembele was tardy by just three minutes, arriving at 8:33 am CET. The practice session was scheduled to begin at 8:30 am, but Xavi did not cut him any slack for the three-minute tardiness.