Barcelona president backs Quique Setien, sees Xavi as future head coach

By: AP | Barcelona |

Published: August 2, 2020 1:12:02 pm

Quique Setien still has the UEFA Champions League to worry about. (Source: File)

Barcelona’s club president has not lost faith in coach Quique Setien, while leaving the door open for Xavi Hernendez as a future coach.

Josep Bartomeu told Sport in an interview on Saturday that “at no moment did we think about a coaching change” despite Barcelona’s poor finish to the La Liga season.

Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in January and Barcelona was top when the league was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But his team stumbled once the competition resumed, and Real Madrid won its first title in three years.

“When we hired him, we told him it was a project for this season and the next,” Bartomeu said.

“Judging a coach based on a few months, in the middle of a pandemic, is difficult. Like Arturo Vidal said, he and the players have had little time to know each other and work together.”

Barcelona hosts Napoli next weekend after Lionel Messi’s team drew 1-1 in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League match at Napoli.

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

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

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App.

Zeeshan Laskar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

IMD plans to use artificial intelligence in weather forecasting

Sun Aug 2 , 2020
The IMD issues forecasts for extreme weather events like thunderstorms, dust storms. (Representational image: IE) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is planning to use artificial intelligence in weather forecasting, especially for issuing nowcasts, which can help improve 3-6 hours prediction of extreme weather events, its Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said […]