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
Ten Barça attackers are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
The renowned magazine France Football has brought the nominees for the attacking positions for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team lineup to light. The line-up is structured as a 3-4-3, with left-wing, centre-forward, and right-wing positions in the attack. Of the 30 nominees for the offensive positions, ten players have had the opportunity to defend the Blaugranas colours.
List of the ten Barça attackers that are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
- Rivaldo. Left-wing. 1989-2015.
- Thierry Henry. Left-wing. 1994-2014.
- Histro Stoichkov. Left-wing. 1982-2003.
- Ronaldinho. Left-wing. 1998-2015.
- Johan Cruyff. Centre-forward. 1964-1984.
- Romário. Centre-forward. 1985-2009.
- Ronaldo Nazario. 1993-2011.
- Samuel Eto’o. Right-wing. 1997-2019.
- Lionel Messi. Right-wing. 2003-2020.
- Luis Figo. Right-wing. 1990-2009.
Without a doubt, each of the players on the list has played an important role with different stories in the history of FC Barcelona, and all the nominees deserve a place in the team. However, it will be nearly impossible to have a front-three of Barça’s players due to the great competition in each position.
Even though France Football is recognizing the greatness of the aforementioned legends, the magazine has lost huge credibility for Culés, with players like Luis Suárez, Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, and Gerard Piqué failing to receive a nomination for the ‘Dream Team’.
Source: France Football