Barcelona president backs Setién, sees Xavi as future coach

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Barcelona’s membership president has not misplaced religion in coach Quique Setién, whereas leaving the door open for Xavi Hernández as a future coach.

Josep Bartomeu instructed Spanish sports activities each day Sport in an interview on Saturday that “at no moment did we think about a coaching change” regardless of Barcelona’s poor end to the Spanish league season.

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Setién changed Ernesto Valverde in January and Barcelona was prime when the league was halted in March as a result of coronavirus pandemic. But his group stumbled as soon as the competition resumed, and Real Madrid gained its first title in three years.”When we employed him, we instructed him it was a mission for this season and the following,” Bartomeu mentioned.”

Judging a coach primarily based on just a few months, in the course of a pandemic, is troublesome. Like (Barcelona midfielder) Arturo Vidal mentioned, he and the players have had little time to know one another and work collectively.”Barcelona hosts Napoli subsequent weekend after Lionel Messi’s group drew 1-1 within the first leg of the last-16 Champions League match at Napoli.

Bartomeu confirmed that the membership had earlier approached Xavi within the winter about taking Valverde’s place.

“Xavi will coach Barca one day,” Bartomeu mentioned.

[Attribution HT.]

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