Barcelona fans took to social media in droves on Friday to give their take on two of the favorites to replace Ronald Koeman on the club’s bench.
The issue of Koeman’s future at the Camp Nou, of course, has come back to the fore over the last 48 hours.
This comes after one of the darkest days in recent FC Barcelona history which took place on Wednesday.
The Blaugrana, fresh from a moral defeat at Levante at the weekend, traveled to Portugal to face Benfica in the group stage of the Champions League.
Koeman and company. walked through the process knowing that a positive result was an absolute necessity, following a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in their first Group E game.
However, when all was said and done at the Estadio da Luz, an alarming display saw Barca once again fall to a 3-0 beating.
Darwin Núñez’s double, on both sides of an effort by Rafa Silva in the second half, finally culminated in another embarrassing night on the continent for one of the most historic clubs in European football.
Benfica overtakes Barcelona after three minutes! 😳
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 29, 2021
Barça fans ask Xavi
In turn, with Barcelona in sixth place in the La Liga table, and now looking well on their way to a Champions League group stage exit, it should come as no surprise to learn that those in a position of power in Catalunya have started their efforts. to shake things up on the club bench.
As reported by the expert Fabrizio Romano, Joan Laporta and company. “They are looking for a new manager,” and “many different candidates” are being considered.
Barcelona are looking for a new coach and the current plan is to change, it could take a few days. The process began with the entire board involved. Talking to many different candidates to replace Ronald Koeman. 🔴 #FCB #Barça
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 30, 2021
Two of those who are understood to be at the forefront of the management draw at the Camp Nou, meanwhile, are Xavi Hernández and Andrea Pirlo.
The former is, of course, a club legend in Barcelona and, since finally hanging up his boots in 2019, he has since learned his trade from the bench with Qatari team Al Sadd.
Pirlo, on the other hand, himself of course a midfield icon, has only one lonely season of managerial experience under his belt. This comes after the Italian was fired by Serie A heavyweights Juventus in the summer after just one year on the bench at Allianz Stadium.
So who would the Blaugrana faithful prefer?
Well, on social media tonight, we reviewed a host of the latest posts around this very topic, amid suggestions from various media outlets that Pirlo is now seen by Joan Laporta as more ready for the seat. Camp Nou hotter than its Spanish counterpart …
Pirlo IS on the list. Most are in denial and can’t accept it, because they don’t want it (including me). But the * reasons * Laporta likes Pirlo just don’t make sense to me if you look at why Xavi isn’t very high on his list: labeling AP the ‘next Rijkaard’ just isn’t.
– Reshad Rahman (@ReshadRahman_) October 1, 2021
No sign of Pirlo, so Laporta’s ego is to blame. Dude was about to take Juve to the Europa League and was fired. He has no coaching experience for more than a year that ended horribly. And do you choose Pirlo over Xavi with the same resume, if not better? Nah
– StyleadJr (@styleadjr) October 1, 2021
Laporta will be the biggest fraud if he chooses to pirlo over xavi
– the flea (@midhun_fcb) October 1, 2021
He didn’t even handle them for a week. Pirlo only has 1 year of coaching experience for ANY team.
If Laporta does not elect Xavi, he is 100% political.
– Lord3nzo (@ Lord3nzo98) October 1, 2021
If Xavi needs experience in a great team, how is Pirlo the favorite? He managed to get Juve to qualify for UCl and before that he didn’t even manage any big team, not even a lower division team. Smh. I don’t understand the calculations here! pic.twitter.com/P7CoLMLW4g
– Yesh🍥 (@iamyeshwa) September 30, 2021
– Gokul Ram (@ gokulram1324) October 1, 2021
Barcelona has already made an offer for Pirlo to be Barcelona’s new manager, is the Italian coach thinking about it? Whaaaaaaat? God, please tell me this is not true.
Pirlo was a wonderful player, but as a coach if not Xavi, why Pirlo?
– Barça Football Talk (@ BarcaFootba11) October 1, 2021
That Laporta favors Pirlo does not make any sense. Did the man make it clear that Xavi has no experience and then thinks that Pirlo is ready? No way.
– ♇ΞDɌI (@Cruyff_ideology) September 30, 2021
Koeman – Get out of my club !!
Andrea Pirlo – Get away from my club!
Roberto Martinez – Get away from my club!
Xavi Hernandez – Come and save the club !! ❤️🥺
Blaugrana is his blood, True Culer, Spanish Roots, La Masia!
– 🇪🇸FRE-DRI🇳🇱 (@PavanFCB) September 30, 2021
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