Last winter, when Ernesto Valverde was more than ever on the hot seat, FC Barcelona had sent a delegation to Qatar to try to convince Xavi (40) to leave his coaching position at Al Sadd and make his big back to Camp Nou. In vain. In the end, the Cules fell back on the former Betis technician, Quique Setién.
A few months later, Setién and his staff were far from unanimous. Since yesterday, the Spanish press has been talking about a break between the Catalan wardrobe and his coach. This morning, the Madrid media also do not hesitate to relay a sequence in which Lionel Messi seems to royally ignore Setién’s assistant came to give him instructions. On paper, not sure that it will last long on the bench in Barcelona.
The call of Xavi’s foot at Barça
Goal confirms this trend by indicating that the Catalan board would already like to separate from its coach. Therefore, Xavi’s new statements to Sport risk making a bit of noise among the club’s socio. “My greatest ambition is to be the Barça coach and return to the club to triumph. Not me, but the players and the club. My technical staff is preparing a lot for this. “ Having justified his winter refusal with bad timing, Xavi seems ready to take up the challenge this time.
And if not next summer, it may be in 2021, the year of the next presidential elections for FC Barcelona. “I am the person of a club. What I would like is to have all the components to go back to the exact moment to start a new project. I have said it many times, but I would like to make football decisions at Barça. It is obvious that such a scenario after an election would be perfect. I don’t dismiss anything. They picked me up in January. We talked, but I told them that the context and the timing were not good. But I hope the opportunity will present itself ”. Clearly…