Albert Capellas loses the position of interim Barça coach to Sergi Barjuan while waiting for Xavi to arrive

  • The former side of the ‘dream team’ finally prevails over the former Danish coach

After an emergency meeting, held at the home of Joan Laporta once Koeman’s dismissal was made official, Barça had the option of choosing Albert Capellas as interim coach waiting for the signing of Xavi Hernandez. In the end the president has opted for the option of going up to Sergi Barjuan, the technician of the subsidiary, as the provisional route. Capellas left the bench of the Danish Under-21 team to join the club’s methodology area.

The dismissal of Koeman has precipitated the rise of Barjuan, who will lead the team this afternoon in training preparing for the duel against Alavés, to be played on Saturday at the Camp Nou. The club, which changed the training time (it was at 11 in the morning and it will be at 5:00 pm), has not yet made official who will enter the dressing room of the sports city of Sant Joan Despí.

Although he has stayed on the shore, Capellas’s conception is closer to Xavi’s shore than Koeman’s. “I do not agree with that phrase of ‘you have to win anyway’. What do you mean? You’re throwing it to luck, with a 50% chance,” he exclaimed in an interview on MarcadorInt a couple of weeks before leaving the Danish bench. “We do not play the position game out of romance, but because we understand that we are closer to putting on a good show and winning.”

Escort of Jordi Cruyff

The coach, who had previously worked for Barça youth football, even becoming an assistant at Barça B (1999-2003), then began his career abroad. He started out being the assistant to Chapi ferrer at the Dutch Arnhem Vitesse (2010-11), where he also stayed as assistant to John van den Brom and Peter Bosz.

Then he went to Denmark for two years (2014-2016) where he was the second coach of Thomas Frank at the Brondby, before receiving the call from Bosz to become his assistant again, this time at the Maccabi in Tel Aviv. There it coincided with Jordi Cruyff, who was the technical secretary of the Israeli club. He went with Bosz to Borussia Dortmund, although they only lasted six months on the bench.

Jordi Cruyff He called him the following summer to embark on the adventure in the Chinese Super League and from the bench they avoided the relegation of Chongqing. The following year their destinies were separated again, when Capellas He accepted the offer to coach the Danish Under-21 team, but now they have met again at Barça.

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Three games before the break

If Xavi cannot advance his departure from Qatar, Sergi Barjuan will be the one who He will lead the team three games before the national team break: against Alavés and Celta in the League and in the Champions League in Kiev against Dinamo. The problem is that the Catalan coach has two important commitments with Al-Sadd: on Saturday he receives Al Ahli from Doha and on Wednesday, November 3, he plays in the Al-Duhail field (second classified with three points less than Xavi’s team ).

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