Reports from Spain have claimed that Barcelona president Joan Laporta needs club legend Xavi Hernandez to take over as first workforce supervisor if Ronald Koeman doesn’t win La Liga, after bottling an opportunity to go high on Thursday.
Deportes Cautro broke the story on Friday afternoon in Spain, lower than 24 hours after the Blaugrana’s hopes for a home double have been derailed.
Previously in a snug predicament, the place they may merely draw with leaders Atletico Madrid and win 5 different comparatively straightforward fixtures within the 2020/2021 season to raise the crown, Barcelona then slipped up on an enormous banana pores and skin when shedding to Granada at house for the primary time in club historical past.
All appeared to be going to plan within the early night kick-off fixture when Antoine Griezmann was improbable on the sting of the field and shimmied to set Lionel Messi up within the 22nd minute.
Yet come full time, the Argentine was left to rue a simple missed probability later within the second half, as Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina efforts within the 63rd and 79th minutes sank the Catalans down to third place.
To high a depressing night, Koeman was additionally despatched off by referee Gonzalez Fuertes for insulting the fourth official, and can be absent from the dugout in Barca’s subsequent two must-win clashes with Valencia on Sunday and Atleti on May 8.
“I don’t get it at all. I didn’t say anything, I didn’t insult him. I spoke to the fourth referee and he disrespected me,” Koeman insisted post-match.
“I was not wrong, because according to the referee’s report I disrespected the fourth referee and for me, it is not like that. A lack of respect is insulting. I haven’t used ugly words, not once. If they’re going to put things I haven’t said I’ll have to do something. I don’t understand,” he insisted.
On the defeat itself, Koeman mentioned: “We have to accept that we lost today. It is really tough because it was a good opportunity to win tonight.”
“The defeat was mainly due to a lack of concentration in defense during Granada’s two goals. It is a very disappointing result. It is a very hard defeat because we controlled our own destiny, but we still have five games left.”
Yet in accordance to Deportes Cuatro, Laporta is uninterested in the reasons from the Dream Team legend and is already looking for his substitute.
In brief, after first desire Julian Nagelsmann signed with Bayern Munich this week, the brand new president has now turned his consideration in direction of Xavi Hernandez.
Already contacting him by means of textual content message and a telephone name, Laporta has reportedly requested the 41-year-old not to renew his contract with present outfit Al-Sadd in Qatar – despite the fact that he allegedly has a ‘Barca clause’ in his contract permitting him to go away and take over the reins at his boyhood club instantly.
If true, that is the second strategy that the La Liga giants have made for Xavi because the flip of the last decade.
In early 2020, then-sporting director Eric Abidal and Laporta’s predecessor Josep Bartomeu needed him to supplant Ernesto Valverde, whose firing prompted a altering room revolt among the many likes of Messi and Luis Suarez.
But in wishing to begin from scratch and not halfway by means of a season, the World Cup winner turned down the function amid suspicion that, like Messi, he did not belief Bartomeu.
Quique Seiten, their fourth selection, took over as an alternative. And following an 8-2 humbling to Bayern Munich within the Champions League, he barely made it to August when Koeman stepped in.
In the run-up to this 12 months’s election after Bartomeu stepped down in October, Xavi was additionally anticipated to align himself with Laporta’s foremost rival on the polls, Victor Font.
But in failing to come out and endorse Font, Xavi not directly threw victory into the lap of Laporta, who appears to have put previous allegiances apart and now needs the Catalan to succeed Koeman if he bottles the title race.