Bologna manager Thiago Motta responds to rumors suggesting that he will take over as the Barcelona manager next season, replacing Xavi.
Responding to speculation about replacing Xavi as the new manager of the Catalan club next season, Motta, who began his playing career at Barcelona and spent eight years at the club, addressed the rumors. Xavi declared his departure from the manager’s role at the end of the current campaign following the club’s 5-3 defeat against Villarreal on Saturday.
Discussing Xavi’s choice to leave Barcelona with Sky Sports Italia, the former Italy international remarked: “That is sad, he was doing a great job and won the title last season. I saw Jurgen Klopp announce he was leaving Liverpool. Coaching is a tough job, but it is the one we chose.”
Asked about his future at Bologna, Motta added: “When there is news to report, I will tell you, but there’s none today.”
Following his success in leading the Catalan giants to a Spanish Super Cup triumph and La Liga title last season, the former Spain international faced a downturn. Speculation about his future with the club gained momentum when Barcelona failed to defend their Spanish Super Cup title, suffering a 4-1 defeat to Los Blancos in the final. Just this week, the club exited the Copa del Rey after a humiliating 4-2 defeat against Athletic Club.
The defeat against the Yellow Submarine has widened the gap between the Blaugrana and the league leaders, Real Madrid, to 10 points. Their next appearance in La Liga is scheduled for Wednesday when they take on Osasuna.