Andres Iniesta backs Ernesto Valverde to succeed


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Captain Andres Iniesta is confident new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has everything required to help the club pick up more silverware in the years to come.

Barcelona confirmed the appointment of Valverde, who played for the Catalans from 1988-90, on Monday with the former Athletic Bilbao boss putting pen-to-paper on a two-year contract at the Camp Nou.

The 53-year-old has replaced Luis Enrique, who left his post after three successful years, and there will be a certain amount of pressure on the new man in charge to deliver from the get-go.

It was a disappointing campaign for the Spanish outfit this season and a Copa del Rey final victory over Alaves is the only major piece of silverware the club managed to pick up.

Rivals Real Madrid won the league title and Los Blancos could also add the Champions League to their collection as they prepare to take on Juventus in the final on Saturday in Wales.

(Madrid 1.80 Juventus 2.00 – Champions League Outright) Valverde, who won the 2015 Supercopa de Espana at Bilbao, will be hoping to get off to a good start when the next campaign gets underway and Spain international Iniesta is adamant the new manager was the right appointment.

“I didn’t know about Valverde until it was announced,” he said. “I’ve talked to him a few times but not much.

I believe he has a great support team that work hard and hopefully he has a lot of luck so we can achieve things together.

“He’s had good vision at the teams he’s been at thus far and this is another step for him.”

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