Laporta stages the turn with Xavi

In his first seven years as president of Barça, Joan Laporta he only had two coaches. And he did not fire any of them because he “resisted”, that is the word he used in the last assembly of delegates, with Frank Rijkaard (2003-08) before taking flight to Pep Guardiola (2008-2010), whom he left at the end of his second and last term. Now, in just eight months, the Barça manager is already going for the second coach and urgently awaits the third.

He had and dismissed, after the defeat in Vallecas and on the plane back from Barcelona, ​​Koeman (“the situation was untenable, yes, maybe I should have fired him before, I assume my responsibility,” said the president). this Saturday at the Camp Nou with the interim Sergi Barjuan (“he’s a club man”) before he arrives Xavi Hernandez, his third coach since March when he swept the elections. Laporta wanted to stage that turn on the Al-Sadd coach, with whom Barça is finalizing the negotiations, to claim that now they do have confidence in him.

“I speak often with Xavi, my opinion is good. I have very good reports,” proclaimed the president of Barça, recalling that “communication has never been cut off” with the former Barça captain, presuming that this relationship has been maintained, despite the differences experienced in the electoral campaign when Víctor Font nominated him as the leader of his sports project.

“Xavi is in a very interesting situation. I always said that one day I would coach Barça. And I told him”

Laporta, president of Barça

“Xavi is in a very interesting situation,” argued the leader. “I always said that one day I would coach Barça. And I told him,” he later said about the Catalan coach. At the beginning of his long press appearance, accompanying Sergi Barjuan, Laporta did not mention Xavi’s name, careful as he wanted to be, remembering, at all times, that “Barça has other options” in the search for Koeman’s replacement.

“No hurries”

The president did not give clues about those options, although Xavi’s path is the only one that remains open to him, pending that he finishes his next two games with Al-Sadd and can be in Barcelona on November 4.

The Qatari club issued an official statement recalling that Xavi has “two more years of contract” since he renewed this past summer until 2023 in a strategy to toughen negotiations with Barça.

That, for now, implies that Sergi Barjuan He will sit on the bench at the Camp Nou this Saturday against Alavés, premiering his role as interim coach, in addition to traveling to Ukraine to play a decisive Champions League duel in Kiev on Tuesday. “We have seen Barça games together. He, from Qatar and I from here,” he revealed, also adding another new element. “I know what Xavi thinks of the team and what he wants to do.”

“We have seen Barça games together. He, from Qatar and I from here. I know what Xavi thinks of the team and what he wants to do”

Laporta, president of Barça

After admitting up to three times that he was wrong to delay Koeman’s firing. “If the change has been made it is because the results have not accompanied, but we are not yet disengaged in the League,” argued the president before specifying that he wants to make the decision of the new coach “without haste because the rush is bad advisers”, stressing that “Barça’s style is genuine and non-negotiable. I don’t think it has been lost, but it has moved away from that style a bit. We want to recover the essences.”

Message to the staff

And Xavi is the one chosen to reconnect with the path of the culé essence because, according to Laporta, “we must get more performance from this team that we have, we must be more competitive”.

For this reason, and given the delicate situation in which Barça finds itself, the president has raised the tone of the demand with a clear message to the squad, the only one in his 50 minutes in which he made self-criticism about his management of the dismissal of Koeman (“I had doubts, it is public and notorious”), he proclaimed his good vibes with Xavi and then addressed the players clearly.

“We ask for intensity, discipline, dedication, effort, a sense of responsibility and courage. Within his professionalism we ask for demand,” claimed Laporta, who revealed that Jordi Cruyff “never” was a possibility to succeed Koeman due to the friendship they maintain both of them.

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The only member of the sports structure who did not attend Sergi’s presentation was Jordi. There were Mateu Alemany, football director, Ramon Planes, technical secretary, and Rafael Yuste, the sports vice president. But he, the person closest to Koeman, was not.

And Laporta staged his turn with Xavi. In summer, he was able to sign him, but he did not want to. Now, instead, you need it.

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