Ex-Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman takes a dig at the club and claims Xavi has had an ‘easier’ job
Ex-Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman takes aim at the club and claims Xavi has had an ‘EASIER’ job in charge of the Spanish side… as Holland boss insists that the ‘quality of the team’ was ‘different’ during his tenure
- The Holland boss had strong words when talking about the Catalan outfit
- Koeman insisted Xavi has had an ‘easier’ job after signing ’10-12′ new players
- He was relieved of his duties in 2021 and Xavi was appointed shortly after
Ex-Barcelona manager Ronaldo Koeman has taken a swipe at the club and at current boss Xavi after claiming that the Spaniard has had an ‘easier’ time at the club.
The Catalan outfit currently sit eight points clear at the top of the LaLiga table and look on track to secure their first league title since 2019.
However, despite their impressive domestic form, there have still been criticisms of Xavi and his management from Koeman, who took aim at the Spaniard’s recent success.
Speaking on Andy in de auto, Koeman said: ‘Barça is doing well. I saw the match against Madrid and they played amazing.
‘But, of course, if you sign 10-12 new players – it’s easier for Xavi. It depends on the quality of the team. During my time at Barça that was different.’
Holland national team boss Ronaldo Koeman (L) revealed his thoughts in a recent podcast
Koeman claimed that his predecessor, Xavi (above), has had an ‘easier’ time at Barcelona
Koeman had been in charge of Barcelona for just over a year before being dismissed of his position in October 2021.
The 59-year-old made a strong start to life at the Camp Nou but, after becoming the first manager since 1936 to lose three consecutive Clásicos, was eventually sacked.
Just one week later and Xavi – who was in charge of Saudi side Al Sadd at the time – was appointed as Barcelona’s head coach.
Since then, Xavi has overseen a total of 12 new signings through the Camp Nou doors including Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde and Ferran Torres.
In Koeman’s only season in charge, the Catalan outfit managed to secure a third place finish. Under Xavi, they finished second last year and are first currently.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Dutch manager at Barcelona as he did manage to win a Copa Del Rey title after victory over Athletic Bilbao.
After over a year out of management, it was confirmed in January that Koeman had landed a new job as the Holland national team coach.
The ex-Barcelona coach also recently claimed that Liverpool’s new signing Cody Gakpo had joined the club ‘too early’ and that’s the reason for his struggling form.
The Dutch manager was relieved of his duties at Barcelona after a string of poor results
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