I Want to Help Messi to Improve-Valverde

After signing his contract and a photo session at the stadium, Ernesto Valverde was introduced by Barca’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez. A video of his goals as a Barca player (between 1988 and 1990) followed, along with some images of his time as coach.

“Just walking around the museum, I am aware of the demands of this club,” he said. “I know the importance of the Barca style and I want to dig deep to see what I can add to that. From [Lionel] Messi to [Andres] Iniesta, passing by all the other players, I want to create a team spirit and to excite our fans.”

Asked about Messi, he said: “It’s a unique experience to be able to coach Messi. He is the best player I have ever seen on a football pitch. I know it seems like he is at his peak, but every day he surprises you and the next day he is even better.

“I hope to enjoy his play and my idea is to help him to get even better, if there is anything to improve on… I want to enjoy the experience of being with him.”

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