Xavi Hernandez could be making a dream return to his boyhood club Barcelona as a replacement for Quique Setien. This comes after Barcelona’s heaviest and most humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona has lost out on the hope of avoiding a trophyless season after Bayern Munich trashed them in Portugal. For the first time in many years, Barcelona has had a trophyless season. Quique Setien’s side was the Spanish league leader before the league was withheld due to COVID-19. They lost the race to Real Madrid after they failed to live up to expectations as the league resumed.
This is the fifth time in a row when the Catalans have failed to book a place in the finals of the UEFA Champions League. Ernesto Valverde suffered two hefty defeats from AS Roma and Liverpool and was sacked as they appointed Setien.
Xavi is tipped to replace Quique Setien as head coach for Barcelona after few months of Setien’s tenure as head coach due to his unimpressive performance. Xavi grew up through the youth sides of Barcelona and featured as a captain for their senior side. He was a key figure for the Spanish national team in the 2010 World Cup win.
In Xavi Hernandez’s managerial career, he has won the 2019 Qatari Super Cup and the 2020 Qatari Cup. He won 8 La Liga trophies and four UEFA Champions League in his football career.
In conclusion, Barcelona will need some fresh young players to improve on their performance.