According to Calciomercato, Barcelona is keeping an eye on former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as a possible replacement for Xavi Hernandez.
Since being fired by Chelsea on September 7 and replaced by Graham Potter, the German coach has been a free agent. Meanwhile, if Xavi does not win La Liga this year, he may lose the backing of the club’s board.
When Barcelona finished third in their Champions League last year, they were demoted to the UEFA Europa League for the second consecutive year.
Their domestic performances, nevertheless, might be able to save their season to some extent. After 15 games, they presently sit atop La Liga’s standings with 38 points.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, is not far behind and only falls short of the Catalan powerhouses due to a worse goal differential.
They have a chance to win a trophy this season in the Supercopa de Espaa and the Copa del Rey, respectively.
Barca may fire Xavi this summer if he fails to lead the team to its first league championship in four years. In that regard, Tuchel has been suggested as a possible alternative.
Along with other trophies, Tuchel won two Ligue 1 championships with Paris Saint-Germain (2018-19, 2019-20). His first season at Chelsea was the pinnacle of his career, as he guided the team to the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League championship.
Intercity surprised everyone by putting Barcelona to the test in their most recent Copa Del Rey match. Ansu Fati’s game-winning goal helped Xavi’s team win 4-3 in overtime.
If Barca sack Xavi at this point, it will be cruel because the Spaniard did a terrific job.
Due to financial constraints, the club cannot afford to have another subpar season. Thomas Tuchel is a qualified candidate for the position under this circumstance. The German accomplished a fantastic job as Chelsea’s manager most recently.
The former Chelsea manager would be delighted to take over at Barcelona team with such wealth. Jules Kounde, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski have all improved the squad’s caliber. Thomas Tuchel sought to bring players like Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Ousmane Dembele, and Frenkie De Jong to Chelsea.
In addition to this, the manager is already familiar with Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso, which will aid in his swift adjustment. Therefore, the tactician won’t hesitate to answer yes.
He will be able to compete for significant titles by joining Barcelona, so it makes sense on all counts. Barcelona will have to accept that the club will depart from its guiding principles for this partnership to succeed, though.
The German coach is known for switching up his approach depending on the situation and prefers to start with a strong defense.
Barcelona will therefore be unable to rely on a single, reliable guiding principle for the team.