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Hansi Flick to bring two of his trusted assistants to Barcelona, including coach from Neuer’s prime era



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With Xavi Hernandez’s dismissal officially confirmed today, Barcelona are all set to appoint Hansi Flick as their new manager.

A contract agreement is already in place with the 59-year-old German tactician who will likely be signed and presented officially sometime next week.

Xavi and his staff will move on after Sunday’s match against Sevilla, with Flick set to take over the reins heading into the new campaign.

Flick to bring two of his trusted assistants

With Flick set to take charge, the German manager will also bring two of his trusted former assistants with him to Barcelona, reports Florian Plettenberg.

Indeed, it is being claimed that Flick plans to bring in Marcus Sorg and Toni Tapalovic to add to his coaching staff at Barça.

Tapalovic, 43, was the long-serving goalkeeping coach at Bayern Munich, where he spent more than a decade between 2011 and 2023.

Toni Tapalovic will join Flick at Barcelona. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The former footballer was critical to Manuel Neuer’s rise to one of the best goalkeepers in the game in the last decade and worked with Flick at the Bavarian club.

Marcus Sorg, meanwhile, was the assistant manager of the German national team from 2016 to 2023, working with Joachim Low and then Flick (25 games together).

Flick, Tapalovic, and Sorg are all expected to sign contracts until 2026 with Barcelona.

A report from Mundo Deportivo, however, claims that while Flick will bring in two assistants with him, Barcelona are likely to continue with their current goalkeeping coach, José Manuel de la Fuente, who has been at the club for over a decade.

In addition, the Blaugrana also intend to provide the physical fitness coach to the staff, with that person expected to be Spanish.

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