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Barcelona B coach Rafa Marquez is open to replacing Xavi

Barcelona B boss Rafa Marquez admits he can’t turn down the opportunity of replacing Xavi as the first-team manager.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season after Saturday’s 5-3 defeat to Villarreal.

Defeat to Villarreal left Barcelona 10 points adrift of La Liga leaders Real Madrid following their elimination from the Supercopa and the Copa del Rey this month.

Former Barcelona player Rafa Marquez, who is the current head coach of Spanish team Barcelona Atlètic, is one of the possible replacement for Xavi.

He told reporters: “It’s a shame that the first team has had this defeat. I think the board will have time to think it through, between now and the end of the season, to choose the coach they decide, it’s in their hands. I will continue to prepare myself, obviously, I am very happy with the work I am doing with the boys. It’s part of the process and it will come at the right time if it’s my turn.”

Marquez who played between 2003 until 2010 for Barcelona admitted he can not turn down the offer of managing his former team.

Marquez added: “Who wouldn’t be, right? But the most important thing is to keep preparing myself because this is my second season as a coach here. To prepare myself in case that moment comes. You can’t say no to an opportunity like this. And if it comes, I will try to be available and try to do my best.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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