Iniesta throws weight behind Xavi as replacement for Koeman

Former Spanish and Barcelona legendary footballer, Andreas Iniesta is rooting for his fellow Catalan icon, Xavi Hernandez, to become the next boss of their former club as the crisis at the club continues to linger.

Iniesta who plies his trade for Japanese club Vissel Kobe had offered a blanket and defiant message in his press conference on Wednesday.

Barcelona this season have been performing below their pedigree under Dutch gaffer Ronald Koeman who took the reins from Quique Setien in August 2020 and since then, the team have been blowing hot and cold.

Koeman, from all indications, has been under intense scrutiny and immense pressure as a result of the club’s lackluster performances both in the league and in Europe.

Their first 2021/22 UCL match against Bayern Munich was an eyesore as the Bavarians thrashed them by 3 goals at Camp Nou. in all, the results in recent weeks have been abysmal.

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With rumors circulating that Joan Laporta has drawn up a shortlist of potential candidates for the Barcelona job, Iniesta has thrown his Catalonia buddy, Xavi’s name into the ring.

It can be recalled that the duo dominated the Spanish league during Barcelona’s enthralling era in the early 2010s, with the pair regarded as the best midfielders on the planet during Pep Guardiola’s reign as Barcelona coach.

Iniesta, during a press conference, said, “I think [he is ready], yes. If you ask me if I imagine Xavi on the Barca bench. Above all because he’s been preparing and training to coach Barca. He has the confidence to take on this challenge”.

The other name being linked to Barcelona hot seat is Jordi Cruyff, Johan Cruyff’s son. Johan Cruyff is a household name in La Masia as the father of modern Barcelona, he’s acknowledged for his propagation of the Tiki-taka football principle that he enshrined in the 1990s.

Roberto Martinez, current Belgium manager, is also rumored to be on the shortlist of gaffers identified as targets for the job.