THOMAS TUCHEL is Barcelona president Joan Laporta's No1 choice to replace Ronald Koeman, according to reports.

Dutchman Koeman looks on the brink of getting the sack as he struggles to produce the required results.

Defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night could spell the end – especially after back-to-back 3-0 losses in the Champions League.

And according to Mundo Deportivo, Laporta likes Tuchel 'the most' out of all the candidates linked with the job.

The Chelsea boss has worked wonders at Stamford Bridge since replacing Frank Lampard in January.

He led the Blues to Champions League glory in May and looks set to mount a Premier League title charge this season.

However, the German penned a new contract in West London until 2024 and is unlikely to leave the European champions to join a club in crisis on and off the pitch.

Reports also suggested Tuchel's compatriot Jurgen Klopp was in the running should Laporta pull the trigger on Koeman.

 

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But again, it seems highly unlikely given his position and popularity at Liverpool.

Italian duo Andrea Pirlo and Antonio Conte have both been linked – they are free agents following their respective departures from Juventus and Inter Milan this summer after seasons of varying success.

Roberto Martinez, in charge of Belgium, is in the running too, as is Spain chief Luis Enrique.

Enrique took charge at Barca between 2014 and 2017, winning two LaLigas and the Champions League.

But he has ruled himself out of a return.

He said: "I'm a coach here [Spain] for a second time, and it's my custom to keep my word.

"I'll be here until my contract ends, for sure.

"Despite my proud history with that club, I don't want to get involved in other people's business."

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And finally, legendary midfielder Xavi has been warned against leaving Al Sadd in Qatar to take over at the Nou Camp – by Luis Suarez.

The Atletico Madrid and Uruguay striker said: "At Barca, there is a war that hurts the players. I personally recommend to Xavi that he waits.

"This is not the ideal time to go to the club. He is intelligent and know the difficulties of the club and he must wait for the right moment."

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