Jose Mourinho lands in Barcelona days after his sacking from Roma… and smiles off questions about joining the Spanish champions amid doubts over Xavi's future
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Jose Mourinho lands in Barcelona days after his sacking from Roma… and smiles off questions about joining the Spanish champions amid doubts over Xavi's future

Jan 24, 2024
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Jose Mourinho smiled at questions regarding his future after touching down in Barcelona just days after being sacked as Roma boss.

The Special One enjoyed a successful start in the Italian capital, leading the club to its first European trophy in more than half a century, securing Europa Conference League glory during his first season in charge.

He then followed the initial success up by leading the club to the final of the Europa League last season, before a disappointing start to the current campaign left them languishing four points outside of the European places in Serie A.

Such is the 60-year-old’s popularity in Rome, fans unfurled banners at the Stadio Olimpico thanking Mourinho for his time at the club as they beat Hellas Verona on Saturday in the first game since his departure.

Speculation mounted even during his time at Roma that Mourinho could depart for a potentially lucrative position in Saudi Arabia with reports only growing in intensity following his sacking. 

Jose Mourinho has arrived in Barcelona after being sacked by Roma earlier this week

Jose Mourinho has arrived in Barcelona after being sacked by Roma earlier this week

The former Chelsea boss was quizzed by reporters about taking over at the Catalan Club

The former Chelsea boss was quizzed by reporters about taking over at the Catalan Club

However, journalist Pedro Morata noted that he has ruled out a move to Pro League side Al Shabab instead favouring a challenge that would motivate him.

A return to a top European club would certainly fit that bill, and Mourinho was quizzed by reporters at the airport in Barcelona about him the potential for him to take over at the Catalan club.

Despite storming to their 27th league title amidst financial problems last season, Xavi’s once unquestionable security as manager has appeared increasingly tenuous in recent weeks.

Radomir Antic was the last man to have managed both Real Madrid and Barcelona, lasting just six months at the Camp Nou

Radomir Antic was the last man to have managed both Real Madrid and Barcelona, lasting just six months at the Camp Nou

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Reports suggest the club legend has lost the confidence of multiple first-team players, with discontent in the dressing room compounded by faltering results on the pitch including a 4-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

Even if the club ultimately opt to part ways with Xavi, an appointment of Mourinho would come distinctly out of left field.

Only two men, Enrique Fernandez and Radomir Antic, have taken charge of the two sides with the latter’s spell in Catalonia lasting just six months before he was replaced by Frank Rijkaard in 2003.



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