Barça returns to km 0 in January: Márquez, Flick, Conceiçao…

The rupture that is drawn between John Laporta y Xavi Hernandez reopens the scenario of last January, when the club was looking for a new coach and was considering the option of using Rafa Márquez, coach of Barça Atlético, in a provisional situation. The urgency of that moment, with half the season ahead, does not reach the level of emergency now, since there are only two games left until the end of the season. And only one for Barça to achieve the minimum goal of rank second. The victory over Rayo Vallecano in Montjuïc this Sunday would put the finishing touch on the portfolio.

Márquez is immersed in promotion promotion to Segunda División with Barça Atlètic. The Barça reserve team is already qualified to compete in the playoff, which will consist of two qualifying rounds to move up a category, which dilutes the possibility of Laporta decreeing the immediate replacement of Márquez to replace Xavi. Another matter would be for the next campaign. The financial savings for hiring the coach would serve as an investment for the new signings that everyone – from Laporta to Xavi and even the last executive – considers necessary to improve the squad.

The names on the agenda

The Mexican coach would become a candidate for the next campaign, although he would be the candidate with the fewest options if, in fact, during the period between January, when Xavi says goodbye, and April, when Laporta reinstates him, Deco has tracked the market to choose the right coach for Barça. A Barça of shortages that Xavi senses, according to the Egarense coach’s speech last Thursday, with financial difficulties to sign and, therefore, to compete better.

Hansi Flick’s option, The former Bayern Munich coach and former Germany coach reappears on the table, after being put in the drawer when Xavi hinted that he would back down and wanted to stay. Some versions argue that because it is represented by Pini Zahavi, intermediary friend of Laporta, promotes his nomination.

Tuchel says goodbye to Bayern

Another German coach is running as an alternative. Thomas Tuchel announced the end of his time at the club Bayern Munich – the early termination of the contract that ended in 2025 was announced – and, as in the case of Barça with Xavi, it was a decision that could be reversed with a reconsideration by the German club.

It has not occurred with the elimination of the team in the Champions League against Madrid, and the confirmation of the collapse that was indicated in the Bundesliga, conquered by Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern has concluded a season without titles for the first time in 11 seasons.

This is my last press conference on Sabener Strasse. The February agreement is maintained. “We spoke again, but we did not reach a common position to continue,” said Tuchel, confirming that a reconsideration had taken place. Among other reasons, because the club did not convince the coaches it wanted to sign, such as Xabi Alonso (Leverkusen), Sebastian Hoeness (Stuttgart), and the current coaches of Germany (Julian Nagelsmann) and Austria (Ralf Rangnick) who will participate in the Euro Cup.

Sérgio Conceição, in London during the Arsenal-Porto de la Liga de Campeones. / EFE

A shortlist of candidates that Barça cannot access, hence there are several avenues open. Information from Portugal linked Deco’s private trip to the Portuguese city, planned in advanceto the alleged interest of the Barça technical director in Sergio Conceição, the coach of Porto. The support for the possibility rested on the availability of the 49-year-old coach, who is ending his time after seven seasons with the ‘dragoes’ and three League titles. This course has finished in third position.

Conceiçao, represented by Jorge Mendes, an intermediary closely connected to Laporta, has negotiated, but without any success, his signing for Milan. The Lombard club opts for another Portuguese, Paulo Fonseca, who has coached Lille during this campaign.

2024-05-17 18:27:58
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