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Joan Laporta probably wanted Andrea Pirlo as head coach instead of Xavi

At FC Barcelona, ​​Andrea Pirlo was a hot candidate for the coaching position last year. This writes the Spanish Sports. According to this, Pirlo was actually the preferred candidate for President Joan Laporta to succeed Ronald Koeman.

However, the club boss failed with his idea because of the veto of some leading players. It is said that Laporta invited the four team captains and three other influential players to dinner at his house in order to use the opportunity to talk about his Pirlo idea.

The judgment of the Barça players was clear and failed against the Italian. Instead, the players would have spoken out in favor of long-time Blaugrana director Xavi (42). At that time he was still training Al-Sadd from Qatar.

Pirlo was unemployed at the time. His first engagement as head coach was unsuccessful at Juventus. The Old Lady finished the 2020/21 Serie A season in fourth place and the 43-year-old was forced to vacate his post.

Nevertheless, Laporta is said to have been very impressed by Pirlo. He saw parallels to Frank Rijkaard, whom he installed as head coach during his first term in 2003, also without much previous experience.

Xavi returned to FC Barcelona in 2021

Rijkaard led Barça to new splendor and won the Champions League and two Spanish championships with the club. The Dutchman was on the sidelines for the Catalans for a total of five years.

However, Xavi eventually returned to Barcelona in November 2021 and is currently second in the LaLiga table with the club. Pirlo, on the other hand, was hired by Fatih Karagümrük in Turkey in the summer. He is currently 12th in the Süper Lig.


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