Lionel Messi reveals that The Best thing that can happen to Barcelona is to sack Ronald Koeman and appoint a new manager

What is the best thing that can happen to Barcelona

against Atletico Madrid on Saturday night? Losing.

And if they lose by a big margin, all the better.

More crisis, more noise, more urgency in key

decisions for the future… and above all, Joan

Laporta being forced to swallow his pride in resorting

to the plan of his rival in

the Barcelona elections, according to Messi.

Xavi Hernandez is the man… and anything less

than Xavi will be a stopgap that will further prolong

the crisis and bring Barcelona closer to AC Milan and

further away from Pep Guardiola.

Losing. That’s not style, that’s pragmatism. 

Ronald Koeman is doomed but if there was even the

slightest chance of staying on, it would be by winnin

g at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

But a few more days of Koeman in the dugout could

be devastating for the rest of the year.

Of the four candidates, we have:

Marcelo Gallardo: A champion with no European experience. Too much of a risk.

Roberto Martinez: A counter-style coach.

Andrea Pirlo: A disaster at Juventus.

Xavi: A legend with the weight and clout to tell the

players that either they train… or they lose. That they

either run or they lose… Or rather: they keep losing.

Soon we will talk about whether Xavi is the best

possible coach for Barcelona with his unique way of

thinking about football, his desire for possession and

an emphasis on the 4-3-3 formation. But

what Barcelona need now is peace. Xavi cannot

guarantee results, but the consensus is already there.

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