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Barcelona fans have their say on Xavi vs Pirlo as Koeman inches towards exit door

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Supporters of Barcelona have taken to social media in their droves on Friday, to have their say on two of the front-runners to replace Ronald Koeman on the club’s bench.

Benfica rout

The subject of Koeman’s future at the Camp Nou has of course come back to the fore in a major way over the course of the last 48 hours.

This comes after one of the darkest days in the recent history of FC Barcelona played out on Wednesday.

The Blaugrana, fresh off the back of a morale-boosting downing of Levante at the weekend, made the trip to Portugal, for a Champions League group stage meeting with Benfica.

Koeman and co. headed into proceedings aware that a positive result was an absolute must, on the back of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in their group E opener.

When all was said and done at the Estadio da Luz, however, an alarming display saw Barca, once again, slip to a 3-0 drubbing.

Darwin Nunez’s brace, either side of a 2nd-half Rafa Silva effort, ultimately culminated in another embarrassing night on the continent for one of European football’s most historic clubs.

Barca fans call for Xavi

In turn, with Barcelona sitting 6th in the La Liga table, and now looking well on their way towards a group stage exit from the Champions League, it should come as little surprise to hear that those in a position of power in Catalunya have begun efforts to shake things up on the club’s bench.

As reported by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Thursday, Joan Laporta and co. ‘are looking for a new manager’, with ‘many different candidates’ under consideration.

Two of those understood to be at the front of the queue when it comes to the managerial sweepstakes at the Camp Nou, meanwhile, are Xavi Hernandez and Andrea Pirlo.

The former is of course a club legend at Barcelona, and, since finally hanging up his boots in 2019, has gone about learning his trade from the dugout with Qatari outfit Al Sadd.

Pirlo, on the other hand, himself of course a midfield icon, has just a solitary season of managerial experience under his belt. This comes after the Italian was dismissed by Serie A heavyweights Juventus in the summer, following just a year on the bench at the Allianz Stadium.

So, who would the Blaugrana faithful prefer?

Well, taking to social media this evening, we sifted through a whole host of the latest posts surrounding this very subject, amid suggestions on the part of several media outlets that Pirlo is now viewed by Joan Laporta as more ready for the Camp Nou hotseat than his Spanish counterpart…

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.