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Rafa Márquez openly admits if he would like to succeed Xavi

Published:28/01/2024 - 07:43h

Updated:28/01/2024 - 14:36h

Rafa Márquez admitted, for the first time, his willingness to replace Xavi Hernández as coach of FC Barcelona. After the Egarense's announcement to leave the team at the end of the season, the subsidiary's coach made his position clear

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The FC Barcelona will have a new technician the next season and, in principle, the immediate alternative would be Rafa Márquez. Afterwards announce his decision to abandon the first team to the term of the 2023/24, Xavi Hernández leaves in hands of the directive the election of his successor, with the Mexican trainer like immediate solution if the egarense does not attain, at least, finish the season.

"It is part of the process. It will arrive if it has to touch me. Who would not want to be trainer of the Barça. I will follow preparing me, is grieve my second season like technician. The directive will have time to think it well of here at the end of League. An opportunity like this can not him say that no", argued the Mexican trainer after the victory of the Barça Atlètic in front of the Fuenlabrada (1-2).

Rafa Márquez only would assume if Xavi leaves before June

Further of the good relation of the of Michoacán with the Barcelona directive, the club does not see in Márquez a viable alternative like trainer of the first team for the 2024/25. If it would be the first option for reeemplazar to Xavi if the exit of the egarense produces before the planned, that is to say, if the results in the weeks to come force the goodbye immediate of the of Terrassa.

In this sense, will be key to see how assimilates the staff the decision of Xavi to step to the side when finalising the season, especially of face to the key of eighth of Champions against the Napoli. In principle, the calendar of League will give to the Barça a break in the weeks to come before confronting to the team 'partenopeo'. Osasuna (House), Alavés (was), Granada (house) and Celtic (was) can be affordable rivals to go out of the crisis before the reinicio of the European competition.

In contrary case, the own Xavi could advance his exit, opening the door to Rafa Márquez the one who, this season, has kept to the filial in places clasificatorios to the 'playoff' of promotion to Second Division in spite of the multiple drops that suffered the team in summer. With the victory of the Saturday, andl Barça Atlètic great 34 points in 21 days, six less than the leader of the Group 1 of the First RFEF, the Ponferradina (40).

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