Barcelona knew that the first season without Messi would be difficult, but they probably did not know how much. The management decided not to shock and fire Koeman after the Clasico where the team looked not bad but lost 2: 1 to Real Madrid, but the loss last night (Wednesday) 1: 0 to Rayo Vallecano was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the Dutch coach was fired during a surprise that did not really surprise anyone Has been unsettled for a long time.
So who will be the coach who will take the big responsibility and try to get this club out of the mud? In Catalonia, it is claimed that Xavi, who serves as the coach of Qatari al-Saad, has a contract with the club and it has already been decided to appoint him. El Mundo claims that what is left for the captain and former team sergeant is only to release his contract in his current team and it is a matter of “hours” until the parties reach a final conclusion.
Barcelona are making great efforts to appoint Xavi as soon as possible because of the delicate situation in the Champions League. Xavi in any case will not be on the lines in two days in the game against Alabs, with the one who will guide the team probably being Sergei, the reserve team coach.
As you may recall, Xavi almost landed at Camp Nou in the summer, when Laporta was not convinced that Koeman should continue. The old new president who was forced to part ways with Messi, also considered the candidacy of Klopp and Tan the brother, but realized it would be very difficult to get them to leave their current groups. Catalonia Radio reported that Laporta had a backup plan in case Xavi did not arrive, with the hot name on target being that of Argentine Marcelo Gerardo who is making a name for himself at River Plate.
Either way, this is not an easy deal and until Xabi gets his release from Al Saad, it looks like Sergei will stand on the lines in the critical game against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League and maybe also against Salta Vigo in the league four days later. After the game against Salta, the teams go into the national team break, so Barça will have time to regroup and maybe save this season.