Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 after helping the club win 25 titles in 17 seasons and replaces Dutchman Ronald Koeman at the helm.
The 41-year-old Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 after helping the club win 25 titles in 17 seasons. He was also key to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning campaign.
With back-to-back losses to Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid, Barcelona sit in ninth place in La Liga. They play Alaves on Saturday at Camp Nou.
The Spanish club said that reserve team coach Sergi Barjuan will temporarily lead the squad until it finds a permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona announced Ronald Koeman's firing shortly after the team's 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, less than three months after Lionel Messi's departure.
Barcelona's former player Xavi Hernandez leads candidates to take up the position of the club's head coach.
The defeat to Real Madrid is a big blow for Barcelona and Ronald Koeman as they drop down to the eighth spot. This is also the worst possible start for Barcelona in the last decade.
Check match and telecast details of 'El Clasico' between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Madrid lead the head-to-head record 98-96.
Manchester United host Liverpool in England, Real Madrid travel to Barcelona in Spain and there are massive fixtures in Italy and France too.
It will be the first clasico since Lionel Messi departed from Barcelona, which has been struggling on and off the field since then.
The 34-year-old Pique also became the oldest Champions League scorer for Barcelona. Barcelona will next play in La Liga 'clasico' vs Real Madrid on Sunday.
This was Ansu Fati's first start for Barcelona after coming off the bench in the last three matches. Prior to that, Fati was sidelined for 10 months due to injury.
A visit from Valencia on Sunday kicks off a three-game home stint that the Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said must mark a turnaround for his beleaguered team.
Luis Suarez scored against his former club Barcelona and did not celebrate. He also set up Thomas Lemar for Atletico Madrid's second goal of the night.
It was the first public statement Laporta has made since a bitter 3-0 loss at Benfica on Wednesday sparked various reports that Koeman's days were numbered.
With the victory, Athletic Bilbao jumped into sixth place in La Liga, just ahead of Barcelona who remain at the seventh spot. Barcelona face Atletico Madrid on Saturday
Spanish media has been rife with reports that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is close to making a coaching change.
Barcelona extend their winless streak to three matches as Cadiz share La Liga spoils with a 0-0 draw.
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