Guardiola tipped Xavi to become Barcelona manager two years before Koeman sack

Barcelona are keen for club legend Xavi to become their manager after the sacking of Ronald Koeman on Wednesday, which will come as no surprise to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Koeman was sacked after Barca slumped to their third defeat of the season at the hands of Rayo Vallecano.

Despite a starting 11 that included the likes of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, the Catalan club couldn’t convert any of their chances and it was inevitable that as the final whistle blew, Koeman would be sacked.

After the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann over the summer, a new manager will need to enter the Camp Nou and make an instant impact – and the club think that former midfielder Xavi will be the man for the job.

The Spaniard is currently managing Al Sadd in Qatar but was tipped to manage Barca back in 2019 by his former coach Guardiola.

The City manager said: “Xavi was already a manager when he played. His eyes sparkled watching football.

"He will be a manager for sure. Sooner or later, he will manage Barcelona."

Guardiola spent four years managing Xavi and the pair spent three years as teammates in the heart of the Barcelona midfield.

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Speaking about the links between Barca and Xavi now, Guardiola said: ”Xavi, if it happens, I don't have any doubts he's ready to do the job. He knows the environment which is so important.

“He knows the game, he has passion. He has more experience now than I had when I took over.

“Koeman knows and Sergi knows and Xavi and I know, the success depends on the recruitment and the players.

“People forget – we are responsible but our influence is more minimal than people believe. The success I had was because of the quality of the players.”

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Guardiola won the La Liga three times whilst at the Camp Nou, as well as the Champions League twice as he built one of the best teams that world football has ever seen in recent times.

The former Bayern Munich boss continued: “Xavi, of course, is really good. If Xavi is the next manager I wish him all the best and hopefully, step by step, the team can come back.”

It remains to be seen whether Xavi takes charge at his former club, and if so, whether he opts to implement a similar system to the one he played in under Guardiola that saw Barcelona enjoy plenty of success.

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