In their last five games across all competitions, Barcelona has only won twice, losing two and drew one. Xavi Hernandez, the manager, is under more pressure as a result of the lackluster performances.
The 43-year-old club legend extended his contract with Barça until 2025 earlier this year, but given the team’s recent performances, some are already doubting his ability to stay in Catalonia.
The preferred replacement for Joan Laporta is Rafa Marquez.
Despite the strain, it is believed that Xavi’s position is safe at this time, and a decision regarding his future will probably be taken at the conclusion of the current campaign.
Additionally, club president Joan Laporta has a replacement in mind in the event that Barcelona decides not to wager on him continuing.
According to Albert Masnou of SPORT, Laporta believes that Rafa Marquez, the manager of Barça Athletic, is the most likely candidate to replace Xavi as the head coach of the first squad in the future.
This report follows the Barcelona president’s visit to Palamós over the weekend, where he witnessed Barça Atletico’s first away game against Cornelia.
When Barcelona Atletico plays at home, and even less so when they play away from the Ciutat Esportiva, Laporta is rarely present. His presence to witness the Cornelia game must therefore be regarded as unusual.
Last season, Márquez took over the Barcelona B bench. The former Barça defender guided the team to the playoffs and fourth place this season with almost no experience. He has gained the respect of people in the organization and is well-regarded by the players.
A way to put pressure on Xavi?
According to the article, Laporta may have been trying to exert pressure on Xavi by going to see Barcelona Atletico play and then going to the dressing room afterward.
After all, the first team of Barça traveled just after limping to a 1-1 draw away from Rayo Vallecano, and they have a crucial match against Porto coming up.
When the time comes, Laporta has given Marquez permission to take over the senior squad, but for the time being, it seems that the president of Barcelona has complete faith in Xavi.