This European champion manager is learning Spanish to coach Barcelona

The Catalan side need a coach to replace Xavi Hernandez next summer.

By Alejandro Lopez Vega

He's studying just in case.
He's studying just in case.
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The 2023/24 season has been disappointing for Barcelona. They started with the aim of improving on their previous year's performance, in which they had been champions of La Liga and the Super Cup, but failed. In the Super Cup they suffered a heavy defeat against Real Madrid, in the Copa del Rey they were eliminated in the quarterfinals and in La Liga they are far from the top of the standings.

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That leaves them with only one possibility: the Champions League, where they will face Napoli in the round of 16. However, the team's disappointing performances make it difficult to imagine Los Blaugranas being able to compete with other European giants such as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Xavi Hernandez knows this, which is why he announced a few weeks ago that he will step down as coach at the end of the season.

This forced the club's chiefs to start the search for a suitable replacement, while sparking rumors of all kinds in newspapers, TV shows and social media. While initially the favorites seemed to be club legends with short coaching careers, such as Rafa Marquez and Thiago Motta, the idea now seems to be to target more experienced and successful managers.

One of the options is Hansi Flick, the German coach who led Bayern Munich to the Champions League title in 2020 and who has been out of work since last year after being fired from the German national team. According to reports, he is very interested in the possibility of coaching Barcelona and that is why he has started to prepare.

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What is he doing?

According to Bild, Flick has begun studying Spanish so that he can communicate with the squad's players if he becomes the new coach. And not only that. He is also looking for assistants who speak Spanish and German and who can help him in his task in Barcelona. Sport newspaper reports that one of them is Christian Fiel, current coach of Nuremberg and of Spanish origin. The other is Oscar Corrochano, who worked with Hansi in the German national team.

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