'It makes us excited' - Xavi admits preparing to coach Barcelona

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

Messi chipped home his landmark goal from the penalty spot shortly after half-time, yet Saul kept his composure with his second spot-kick of the match. On the pitch, he himself knows he can do better.

The Catalan giants twice threw away their lead against the relegation-threatened side to draw 2-2, enabling Real Madrid to leapfrog them at the top of La Liga. "It is hard to find a place [for Griezmann] without destabilising the team".

Barcelona hero Xaxi Hernandez has informed the Camp Nou directors of his interest in coaching the La Liga Champions.

Barcelona players and under-fire manager, Quique Setien, were involved in a dressing room bust-up following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday, Marca reports.

Xavi, who won 25 trophies during his playing career with Barca, added: "I'm a club man".

"We were talking, but I told them that the circumstances and timing weren't right". "I won't say sorry because [it's about] decisions, but I understand he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he's a great person and a great professional".

Messi, 33, is Barca's all-time leading scorer with 630 goals for the club where he has spent his entire career while he has netted a record 70 times for Argentina.

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Home team Barcelona led the first half after Diego Costa scored an own goal in the 12th minute.

Saul levelled soon after from the spot after the referee order a re-take when Costa's initial penalty was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen but the referee ruled the German had strayed from his line.

The result further increased the pressure on Setien.

"Not me but these players and Barca triumphing".

Setien did confirm that he met with president Josep Maria Bartomeu and other board members ahead of the Atletico game, although he wouldn't explain the goal of the meeting.

"I don't think Real Madrid are going to win all their games either", Setien said.

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