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Sergi Barjuan returns to Barça at “the worst moment”

Sergi Barjuan returns to Barça at “the worst moment”

On January 19, 2002, Barcelona was preparing to play against Rayo Vallecano. The Blaugrana team concentrated at the Hesperia Hotel in Madrid and the digital newspaper published the same morning of the match that five club players organized an orgy the night before the match at the hotel. Troy burned and the following Monday Barça called a press conference in which Anton Parera, then general director of Barcelona, pronounced one of the phrases that should be in the Barça museum: “The only thing that happened in that hotel is that some ladies from Cuenca arrived who wanted the players to sign pennants for them “.
Sitting next to Parera at that press conference, Sergi Barjuan appeared, named yesterday as Barça’s interim coach until Xavi Hernández lands. Sergi, a guy from the house more culé than the shield, had come that season to fulfill his dream of being the Blaugrana captain. At the exit of that press conference he commented to a group of acquaintances: “I have arrived at the best place at the worst moment.”
Well, almost 20 years later, history repeats itself and Sergi arrives again at the position he dreamed of at the worst possible moment. Yesterday he was appointed interim coach of FC Barcelona, it is not known if for one, two or three games, until the more than foreseeable arrival of Xavi to the bench.
This appearing when no one expects it is not a novelty for Sergi Barjuan, who made his Barcelona debut without anyone waiting for him in 1993 in a Champions League match at the Ali Sami Yen in Istanbul against Galatasaray. Given the lack of interiors, Johan Cruyff went to the subsidiary and recruited a 21-year-old boy who put the number 11 on his back to play on the left wing.
Sergi completed a great game and no longer moved from the starting team acting as a left back and becoming an international for Spain and captain of Barça.
Since yesterday, at least temporarily he is the coach of Barça. It is not the best time to be, but for him it is the best place he can be.
Yesterday afternoon he conducted his first training session. He arrived at the Ciutat Esportiva accompanied by Laporta and today he will give his first press conference in the preview of tomorrow’s game on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. against Alavés. On Tuesday, if Xavi does not arrive earlier, he will play a momentous match against Dynamo Kiev.


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