'It makes us excited' - Xavi admits preparing to coach Barcelona

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Goal, meanwhile, report that Setien - who was handed a two-and-a-half-year contract in January - will inevitably lose his job this summer, unless there is a "significant upswing" in results, with catching Real Madrid or lifting the Champions League the only real routes to earning a stay of the execution.

He was linked with the top job after Ernesto Valverde left, but Quique Setien was the man who ended up in the dugout at the Camp Nou.

As per the Goal, Player power at Barcelona is strong - led by stars such as Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique - and the dressing room has turned against Setien due to confusion at his tactics and unhappiness at his comments in the press.

Barcelona will be facing Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in their next La Liga game in which a win for the Catalans will help their quest of retaining the title.

Barcelona players and under-fire manager, Quique Setien, were involved in a dressing room bust-up following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday, Marca reports.

"The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways. And as a outcome, our technical staff, who are preparing for it a lot and it makes us really excited". I would like to return at the right moment to start a project from zero.

"They came to me in January", Xavi added.

"It's clear that after the elections the stage would be set, of course". However, the former midfielder had rejected the offer saying it was not the right time and remained with Qatar side Al Saad, whom he guided to the third spot in the table.

"I have already said this many times, but I would like to be able to make football decisions at Barcelona". Messi took his goal in style, scoring a panenka from the penalty spot past Jan Oblak, and Barcelona fans were quick to heap praise on the Argentine - while poking fun at long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo. "I want to coach Barcelona and I think I'm prepared to do it but I think I have to develop myself a little bit more".

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