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Xavi defends axed coach Rijkaard

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Barcelona star Xavi insists the players are to blame for the decision to axe coach Frank Rijkaard.

The long-running saga of Rijkaard´s future on the Barca bench was finally brought to an end on Thursday when the Catalan giants announced the Dutchman would be replaced by Josep Guardiola at the end of the season.

But Xavi insisted: "The players are the main ones responsible for this. We could have done much more to not be in this situation."

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