Quique Setien: Barcelona planning to sack manager as Xavi prepare to takeover

Quique Setien: Barcelona planning to sack manager as Xavi prepare to takeover

- Quique Setien joined Barcelona in January after taking over from Ernesto Valverde

- Barcelona are on the verge of conceding the La Liga to rivals Real Madrid

- It was gathered that Barcelona chiefs are already planning to sack the tactician

Reports from Spain have it that Barcelona are preparing to sack coach Quique Setien if things do not improve before the season ends.

The Catalan giants have dropped four crucial points since the resumption of the league and now their La Liga title hopes hang in the Balance with Real Madrid leap-frogging them.

Barcelona players expressed displeasure towards their manager Quique Setien following their 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in their La Liga meeting last weekend.

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The Catalans surrendered their lead twice in the game after Luis Suarez had put his side in front twice at the Abanca Balaidos.

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Barca took the lead two times in the 20th and 67th minute through the Uruguayan but a goal each from Fedor Smolov and Iago Aspas ensured they shared the spoils.

According to the Daily Mail, the team was left frustrated and it birthed serious altercation in the dressing room with the handler.

They were said to have criticised his tactics throughout the match and the players were said to have faulted Setien's decision to replace Suarez with Antoine Griezmann despite scoring two goals in the game.

They became more infuriated after introducing Juventus-bound Arthur Melo for promising youngster Riqui Puig four minutes to the end of the meeting.

GOAL are reporting that the Barca hierarchy are planning to axe Setien at the end of the campaign if things do not improve.

He has just spend six months from his 2 and half year contract having replaced Ernesto Valverde in January.

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Xavi, who is currently in charge of Al-Sadd in Qatar, has admitted he is already preparing to be Barca boss.

"The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways," he told Spanish outlet Sport.

"Not me but these players and Barca triumphing. And as a consequence, our technical staff, who are preparing for it a lot and it makes us really excited.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Celta Vigo, Spanish star Nolito has stated that Lionel Messi is so blessed that he doesn’t need the gym to achieve anything in football, adding that God touched the Argentine with the magic wand.

The Barcelona captain has been regarded as the best player ever to grace the football pitch and he has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or six times, more than any other footballer.

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