It is an open secret, Ronald Koeman should not make old bones at FC Barcelona.
Barely sporting - seventh in Liga (with a game late to play), swept 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage - criticized by his own supporters for non-existent play, in perpetual confrontation with his president Joan Laporta through the media, the future of the Dutch coach is darkening day by day in Catalonia.
If Joan Laporta has publicly asked to be patient about the coach, at the head of Barça since the summer of 2020, that would only constitute a facade speech, as the Spanish media recalled this Saturday. Mundo Deportivo and Marca even assure that the Barcelona president would seriously consider parting with the former coach of the Netherlands, with whom he had an impromptu meeting on the plane back from Cadiz, on Thursday night after the draw. in a Championship match (0-0). And would have already checked a name at the top of his list of suitors: that of Xavi.
🧐🔵🔴 El técnico de Terrassa se va consolidando como la alternativa de más peso en caso de despido de Koeman
👉 Sueña con dirir al Barça, es un fanático del juego de posición, es mediático y la afición le
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- Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) September 25, 2021
With Xavi, the assurance of a return to the position game
The former Barcelona legend, symbol of Catalan success in the 2000s and 2010s alongside Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi, would be the number 1 option in the event of Koeman's dismissal.
Coach of Al-Sadd for two seasons, under contract in Qatar until 2023, Xavi had a last successful season there.
2020-21 champion by being undefeated (19 wins, 3 draws), winner of the Qatar Cup against rival Al-Duhail, he was logically elected best coach of the Qatari championship.
Above all, the Camp Nou idol has retained all its aura in Catalonia.
His return there would be perceived with an overwhelming enthusiasm by the socios, also eager to find this position game lost under Koeman but registered in Barcelona's DNA, just like in that of Xavi.
👉 ¿Quien está en la 'pole' para sustituir a Koeman?
- MARCA (@marca) September 25, 2021
Data that would have finished convincing Joan Laporta, who did not however make the former Spanish midfielder his priority a few months ago, believing that the former player now aged 41 still lacked a little experience for assume the role.
Probably obliged by the urgency of the Catalan situation, the management of the club, which also keeps a close eye on the situation of Belgian coach Roberto Martinez, would therefore have changed its analysis.
Suspended for the next two Catalan matches after his expulsion at the end of the game in Cadiz on Thursday (0-0), nothing says that we will see Ronald Koeman on a Barça bench.