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"Xavi will be Barca coach one day"

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Pin Bartomeu spoke about the Barcelona coaching job. EFE/Archivo
Bartomeu spoke about the Barcelona coaching job. EFE/Archivo

"Xavi will be Barca coach one day"

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Josep Maria Bartomeu offered, a few days after sacking Valverde, an exclusive interview with 'Sport', where he stated that Xavi Hernandez will be Barcelona coach.

This Tuesday, Quique Setien was presented as the new Barcelona coach. The dynamic situation in Barcelona was caused by Ernesto Valverde's sacking and, in Doha, the team met Xavi Hernandez.

A day after the presentation of the new coach, Bartomeu spoke about him arriving one day. "One day, he will be Barca coach, I have no doubt," he stated.

"He is very capable, he is a person who perfectly understands our football, he's got a real appetite for football and one day he will be. But now, it is about Quique Setien, and I think and I hope that he is going to do very well because he has come with a real appetitie," the Barcelona President added.

Once he had spoken about Xavi, Bartomeu then focused on Setien. "He is going to continue with the philosphy and the systems of play. There will be variations, of course, he will make his changes, but I think that with the players that there are and the goal that we have, plus Quique Setien, I think it will go well," he explained.

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The Cantabrian coach reached an agreement with Barcelona until 2022, although his contract could end before. "I've already explained that there are elections in 2021 and there will be a clause there that says if the new president wants to change the coach, he can change the contract," he said, while explaining that he does not have a clause to release the coach at the end of the current campaign.

Regarding Setien's arrival, he assured that "there was a possibility a few days ago that he would coach Barcelona". "I knew he was on a list of possible coaches, but I didn't think he would be the one. At the end of the board meeting, they called him to tell him that he had been elected. That's why there has been this dance of data," explained the President.

Setien's style

Bartomeu wanted to calm the fans about the possible change of style that they will see in Barcelona. "I think we'll have a good time. We've had a good time for many years as partners of Barcelona, but we have to keep going. We have seen it in teams where he has played already".

"We have also suffered at the Camp Nou when he came with teams as a visitor. And for this I say that I am convinced we will continue to play well and play the football that we have always been used to," he added.

Bartomeu also spoke about his personal goals. "I don't think it's any secret. Quique Setien is a coach with a very clear philosophy of play and concept of football. He has shown this in the other teams he has coached, that he likes a good game, especially the one we like to see Barcelona, and that's why I chose him", he explained.

Finally, Bartomeu wanted to say some words about Ernesto Valverde. "He has done a magnificent job in these last two and a half years. We thank him for the work, the success, the titles, his way of being, his talent, his professionalism and above all, his intelligence. He has left a lot of good things at the club, but the it was the time to try something new," he stated.

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