Barcelona players ‘talking about Xavi in dressing room’ with Ronald Koeman set for sack

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Barcelona players are privately talking about the possibility of Xavi being their next manager, according to reports. The Catalan giants saw their hopes of winning La Liga ended by Celta Vigo on Sunday. And Ronald Koeman could now lose his job in the aftermath of that disappointing result.

Barcelona went into the match against Celta Vigo looking to keep their hopes of winning La Liga alive.

But that didn’t happen, with the Catalan giants slipping to a disappointing defeat on home soil.

Lionel Messi put the hosts in front, scoring his 35th goal of the season in the process.

But a brace from Santi Mina gave Celta Vigo all three points, meaning the fight to win the Spanish top flight is now solely between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

It was yet another disappointing afternoon for Koeman’s side, who have taken just five points from their last five matches.

And Sport say he could now lose his job.

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It’s claimed Barcelona are in negotiations with Xavi about a potential return to the club, with the 41-year-old ready to leave Al-Sadd behind despite recently penning a new contract.

And players within the dressing room are privately enthused by the prospect of the 2010 World Cup winner returning to the club as manager.

Xavi was a huge hit at Barcelona during his playing days, establishing himself as one of the best players in the club’s entire history.

He won eight La Liga titles with the side, while also lifting the Champions League trophy on four occasions.

Xavi has a clause in his contract at Al-Sadd that enables him to join Barcelona for nothing, making him an attractive proposition for Joan Laporta.

And the writing now seems to be on the wall for Koeman, who was left disappointed after seeing his side fall to defeat on Sunday.

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Speaking after the match, the Dutchman said: “If we talk about the first half it is a reflection of what has happened to us in more than one game.

“We play well, with opportunities and the opponent arrives once and you enter the dressing room with 1-1 and this mentally costs a lot.

“The second half it has not been so good, but even with one less we had 2-1.

“And in the end it is 1-2 and this always happens at times when you are not so lucky.”

He did insist Barcelona didn’t blow La Liga on the day, with results before that instead costing them the prize.

“I think the problem is not today. We had the opportunity at home against Granada,” he added.

“The way we lost when we had opportunities to win, that’s how we feel. There is no other way to accept it.

“The champion will be just champion and we will not.”

Barcelona star Jordi Alba also spoke out, claiming they ‘went a bit crazy’ in the second half.

“The first half was very good as they did not offer a lot, but they scored a great goal,” said the Spaniard.

“We had the match under control and, in the second half, we went a bit crazy.

“They played very well, we found it very hard and the 2-1 goal was bad luck.

“It isn’t psychological what happens to us in second halves, as we wanted the second and there were more spaces, yet you see that the goal wasn’t arriving.

“We had to win… and many times when you want the second you attack a lot. It happens to everyone.

“We have gone four games without a win and you have to take that into account.”

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