Barça legend Xavi Hernandez has spoken to Spanish newspaper Marca about coaching his former club, Lionel Messi, and coach Quique Setién’s situation. The former Barcelona midfielder told once again that he hopes to coach the Catalan club one day, but that it is not the right time currently.
On coaching Barcelona:
“I don’t hide my desire to coach Barcelona. I have always said that my goal is to coach Barcelona. It is my home and it is my dream. But for now, I’m focusing on Al Sadd, and looking forward to the new season.”
On Quique Setién:
“First of all, Setién must be respected. I wish the team all the best. Sometimes Barcelona plays well, sometimes not. But I like the idea of Setién, who aspires to control the ball and offer an attractive style. Sometimes it’s not possible because of the opponent. We have seen some good Barça games under Quique.”
Do you think Lionel Messi will be able to play in the 2022 World Cup?
Xavi: “Messi is a monster. He is extremely competitive. He is fast and strong. He is like an animal. I am pretty sure he will be there in Qatar.”
Sources: Marca, Forbes
Ronald Koeman talks after breaking the Celta away curse comfortably
Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press conference ahead of the Celta 0-3 Barcelona game. The Dutch manager managed to finally break the curse at the Balaidos — the Catalan club had not won any of the last 6 games away against Vigo, losing 3 of them.
Koeman, on the other hand, broke the curse comfortably. The manager played an entire second half with 10 men, but still managed to score 2 goals to secure the game.
“I’m very proud of this team today, we have worked very well, with one player less. We have done a great job with a lot of discipline.”, Koeman said.
The Dutch manager explained that at the break, he rotated to a 4-4-1 system: “At the break we talked about the 4-4-1 system and the players have done a great job.”
Koeman also added that Messi did a great job tonight: “Leo has worked a lot without the ball and he has been very important.”
“We said to the referee that there were other fouls on the pitch. In the end, it’s his decision and there is no need to discuss. I think it was a foul but I’m not sure if it was a yellow card.”, added Koeman regarding the second yellow card that Lenglet received which brought his team down to 10 men.
The Dutch manager was asked about the Champions League draw as well:
“We can be happy about the Champions League draw. Juve and Barça are the two best teams in the group but it will have to be proven.”
“I can’t say much about last season, but from day one I’ve seen the players very eager and eager to turn the situation around. The players are training very well, and we’re better physically.”, concluded Koeman.