Saturday, December 4

Laporta surrenders to Xavi


Sergi knows that his transition from the subsidiary to the first team is fleeting because Laporta, after many months of doubts, misgivings and disagreements, has finally surrendered to Xavi. Outraged by the defeat in Vallecas, he had no other option after dismissing the Dutchman at dawn, unable as he was in summer to find a relief that will fulfill your wishes. The leader looked for him, but could not find him.

Abandoned the German road for face and inaccessible, Laporta has looked at Xavi. Bayern paid 25 million euros to Leipzig for Nagelsmann, the president’s forbidden dream, Klopp happy at Anfield and Tuchel is a treasure for European champion Chelsea, plus Flick is excited about his new challenge of regenerating the new Germany. After exploring without success in that school that dominates European football, the leader has had to go to Doha to recover the electoral poster of Víctor Font.

Xavi, in training with Al-Sadd. @ALSADDSC


On the third, yeah

He already had Jordi Cruyff in the club, who was his technical secretary for the losing candidate in the elections (now with Laporta he acts as director of international scouting) and he hopes to soon reunite Xavi, destined for the bench. With Font he was general sports manager and coach. With Laporta, he is only a technician and he will not have as much power as the project of the Granollers businessman gave him.

But he now wants to come, despite being aware of the delicate situation of the team, immersed in a period of decline. He wants to come after previously saying no to Bartomeu twice. And the one who most needs me to come is, curiously, Laporta. Suddenly, the thaw that had dominated the relations between the two has been broken after sharing times of confidences and good chemistry during their coexistence in the first term of the president (2003-2010).

Xavi, with his coaching staff in a training session for Al-Sadd in Doha. @ALSADDSC


Recompose relationships

In the electoral contest, Xavi eluded openly positioning himself in favor of Font. “I am an asset of Barça, but I am not proactive about any candidate,” he told this newspaper, despite the fact that he had it as the banner of his sports project, along with Jordi Cruyff. It appeared in the organization charts of Font, with whom he had worked for years, breaking that old good vibes woven with Laporta. It took time to compose itself and it has been done thanks to the efforts of Alejandro Echevarría, the president’s brother-in-law and former director.

Laporta and Yuste chat with Sergi Barjuan on his first day on the job as an interim coach. FC Barcelona


The crisis of Koeman’s Barça, away from the European positions in the League and with the future in the Champions seriously compromised, has left Laporta without room for maneuver when it has reached the end of October. And that resistance (“Xavi must have a little more travel,” said the then candidate in February just before winning the elections on March 7) has given way to urgent negotiations with Al-Sadd so that the technician arrives as soon as possible. . Eight months later, Xavi has already completed, according to Laporta, the appropriate route to sit on the bench at the Camp Nou.

Núñez, Cruyff, Cambra …

It is a strange turn of Laporta that has a precedent in Barça history. In 1988, coinciding with the outbreak of the Hesperia Mutiny in which the squad, backed by Luis Aragonés, demanded the resignation of Josep Lluís Núñez, he appropriated the figure of Johan Cruyff and decided to sign him, despite being being capitalized by the opposition that Sixte Cambra was leading at that time.

A year later, Núñez won the elections, while Cruyff began the successful construction of the ‘Dream Team’. Now, Laporta has turned to Font’s roadmap to choose the leaders who should promote the reconstruction of Barça. At dawn from Wednesday to Thursday he personally called the technician.

Yuste, Sergi and Laporta, in the dressing room of the first team after the presentation of the interim coach. FC Barcelona


Premiere in Vigo

Hence, the president’s rush to recruit Xavi, who will come with Òscar Hernández, his brother and second coach, Sergio Alegre, third coach, Iván Torres, physical trainer, and three analysts, because his initial idea of ​​resisting with Koeman, at least until the winter market, exploded into the air with the two consecutive defeats: Madrid and Rayo.

He wanted to buy time, there is understood the fictitious ratification before the Dutch that Barça lost to Atlético, to choose the coach of his project since he had one inherited from Bartomeu. In January, the president would have had more options. Not now. The conversations with Xavi had already started several weeks ago, accelerated now so that the interim of Sergi Barjuán is as short as possible.

Barça hoped that Al-Sadd would unblock the coach’s departure right away, thus allowing him to sit on the bench in Kiev next Tuesday. But the Qatari club alleges that it has two key games (tomorrow against Al Ahli and Wednesday 3 against Al-Duhail), which slow down the immediate trip to Barcelona. Xavi is expected on Thursday, so it could debut in Vigo next Saturday November 6 because Laporta has been delivered. It has been put in their hands.


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