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Xavi should be given time to succeed as Barcelona’s coach, says Puyol

Nov 22 (Reuters) – Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez should be given “time and confidence” to succeed on the Catalan membership, former captain Carles Puyol stated after his ex-team mate started life in his new position with a 1-0 residence win over native rivals Espanyol.

Xavi, who performed for Barcelona for 17 years and received 25 trophies, was named head coach after the membership sacked Ronald Koeman earlier this month.

Given a contract till 2024, the 41-year-old made a profitable begin on Saturday with a victory over Espanyol that put Barcelona sixth in LaLiga on 20 factors after 13 matches.

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“I know Xavi very well and I know he has prepared himself very well. I am convinced that he will do very well,” Puyol stated.

“He has experienced moments as a player where we had difficult situations. Then we achieved great things with a great team.

“We had not received something after which we received all the pieces by enjoying excellent soccer. So he is aware of precisely what to do, and you’ve got to give him time and confidence.”

Barcelona host Benfica in Tuesday’s Champions League group match before playing at Villarreal for Saturday’s league game.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

Barcelona's Carles Puyol (L) and Xavi Hernandez carry the Basque and Catalan national flags after winning the Spanish King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez

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Barcelona's Carles Puyol (L) and Xavi Hernandez carry the Basque and Catalan national flags after winning the Spanish King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez

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