Xavi must have time to succeed as FC Barcelona coach, says Puyol


The former defender of FC Barcelona claims time for Xavi on the bench of the Catalan club.

FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez should have « the time and confidence » to succeed at the Catalan club, former captain Carles Puyol said after Xavi started in his new role with a 1- win. 0 at home against Espanyol.

The former Spain international, who played for FC Barcelona for 17 years and won 25 trophies, has been appointed head coach after the club sacked Ronald Koeman earlier this month.

He signed a contract until 2024 and started his tenure on Saturday with a victory over Espanyol, which took FC Barcelona to sixth place in the La Liga table with 20 points after 13 matches.

“I know Xavi very well and I know he prepared very well. I am convinced that he will do his job very well, ”said Puyol.

“He had times as a player where we had difficult situations. Then we achieved great things with a great team. ”

“We didn’t win anything and then we won everything playing great football. So he knows exactly what to do, and you have to give him time and confidence. ”

Barcelona host Benfica in the Champions League group match on Tuesday before playing Villarreal for the league game on Saturday.

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