Browsing: Ernesto Valverde

Spanish media had reported that Xavi, who coaches Qatari club Al Sadd, had been approached by Barca to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January.

Abidal – a former teammate of Messi at Barcelona – suggested players in the current team were unhappy and had not been working hard enough under former coach Ernesto Valverde

The club’s legendary midfielder was strongly linked with the position before Quique Setien was announced as the Spanish outfit’s new manager on Monday.

Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the shock favourite to be Barcelona’s next manager despite previously insisting he would never go there.

While it appears increasingly likely that Valverde will be removed from his position at some point during 2020, it has previously been suggested that the 55-year-old would remain at Camp Nou until the end of the season.

Barcelona legend Xavi has reportedly turned down the chance to replace under-fire Ernesto Valverde as manager immediately.

The Catalan giants were eliminated from the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday after a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid, putting the 55-year-old under more pressure

Valverde led Barca to victory in La Liga but they surrendered a 3-0 first-leg lead against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals before suffering defeat by Valencia in the Copa del Rey final

Barca are looking to add to their La Liga triumph by making it a double, while their opponents – who finished 26 points worse off in the league – are aiming to lift their first piece of domestic silverware since going all the way in this competition 11 years ago.

The French star did part of the session with the group which is good news for Ernesto Valverde’s side ahead of some crucial games.