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Barca president Laporta highlights good relations with favorite to replace Koeman******
MADRID, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed on Friday that he has been in constant contact with Xavi Hernandez since he was re-elected to the club presidency in March.
Former Barca midfielder Xavi is the favorite to replace Ronald Koeman as first team coach in the wake of Koeman's sacking in the early hour of Thursday morning.
Although Xavi is currently coaching Al-Saad in Qatar, the 41-year-old has always been clear that his ambition is to one day coach the club where he helped establish a style of play.
"I have been talking with Xavi since the electoral campaign and contact has never been broken... They are private conversations between friends," commented Laporta, who was speaking at the presentation of Barca's B-team coach Sergi Barjuan as caretaker coach.
Laporta said he had "very good references from people who are very close" to Xavi. "I know what he thinks of the team we have and what he wants to do."
"I have always said that Xavi will train Barca one day. He is a person who lives for football, he belongs to Barca and he has it as a priority objective in his life. What I think is that I have a very good relationship with him and that he is surrounded by excellent people," said the Barca president.
Sergi will be in charge until Xavi (or someone else) takes over, with his first game at home to Alaves on Saturday night.
Barca will be without midfielder Pedri and forward Martin Braithwaite, while Ronald Araujo, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto are all doubts.
"I'm taking over at a difficult moment, but we are already working and it's easy to work with players like this," said Sergi, adding that he wouldn't try to make big changes to the team.
"We have to get the players going and we have to be united for tomorrow... The way we play won't change but, but maybe I will slightly alter some tactical concepts," said Sergi, who explained the side needed to "recover the idea of vertical football." Enditem
Juve conquers Salernitana in Serie A******
ROME, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Juventus finished November with a win as a pair of strikes from Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala gave the Old Lady a 2-0 away victory over Salernitana on Tuesday.。
Juve was desperate for a win after two consecutive defeats between the Champions League and the Serie A.。
Juve dominated the ball possession from the very beginning and broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with a great team move, as Dybala completed a give-and-go with Dejan Kulusevski before the Argentine drilled home on the edge of the box.。
The Old Lady continued its dominance and Giorgio Chiellini found the net in the 28th minute, but it was canceled as Moise Kean was offside during the play.。
The away side sealed the win in the 69th minute when Federico Bernardeschi squared for Morata to cushion into the net from close range.。
Dybala should have bagged a brace in the stoppages time, but he ballooned his penalty created by Morata over the bar.。
With the win, Juve ranks seventh with 24 points, 11 behind leader Napoli who visits Sassuolo on Wednesday.。
Also on Tuesday, Mario Pasalic's hat-trick inspired Atalanta to humiliate Venezia 4-0, Fiorentina overturned Sampdoria 3-1, Hellas Verona shared the spoils with Cagliari 0-0. Enditem。