A few days ago, the new president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, spoke about his new project and on that occasion touched on the topic of coaches as needed for that project. "Guardiola is unique and we should not get carried away.
These are references that gave an extraordinary result ... But in German football today, there are young coaches who have a similar philosophy as us," Laporta said and started an avalanche of speculations. Who was he targeting? It is not difficult to guess - Julian Nagelsmann, currently the absolute number one when we talk about young coaches, not only in Germany but in Europe and the world.
Cadena SER also received such information. Spanish colleagues state that Laporta has big respect for Ronald Koeman, but that Nagelsmann's name is ahead of his on the list of priorities. That order might be changed if Koeman returned the title to Camp Nou.
Or if some other club would be faster. Because Barça will not have an easy task to reach Nagelsmann, who is the wish of many giants. Lately, it has been mentioned that the 34-year-old expert could get an invitation from Bayern Munich if Hansi Flick accepts the coaching job from the fall.
Nagelsmann is preferring an attractive style, attacking, with a lot of pressing all over the field. It is Rangnik's school, highly valued lately throughout Europe. And especially in Germany, which is evidenced by the fact that as many as eight of the 18 Bundesliga players have coaches on the bench who were at one time in the Red Bull system.
Julian Nagelsmann became famous when he managed to survive with Hoffenheim in one season, and then in the next, with almost the same team, he won the Champions League. RB Leipzig immediately captured him. Last year, with the Bulls, he reached the semifinals of the Champions League, eliminating Atletico Madrid on that road.
This would not be the first time in the rich history that Barcelona hired a German expert. However, there was not much luck in the previous two times. Hennes Weisweiler stayed only a year (1975-1976) and won nothing, while Udo Lattek (1981-1983) was a bit longer and managed to bring the Catalans a European trophy - the Cup Winners' Cup.
It will be interesting to see if Nagelsmann will have slightly better success and if he can take the curse off the German coaches