Andreas Iniesta has backed under fire Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde after the club were dumped out of the Spanish Super Cup semi finals.
Atletico Madrid came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 denying the Spanish champions a place in the finals against Real Madrid.
Valverde has come under heavy criticisms with some sections of La Blaugrana fans calling for the sack of the Spanish boss.
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"What comes to my mind a little, if all this is so, is that the way everything is being done is a bit ugly. I think that there should always be respect for the coach… The boss’s position has been left very weakened," Iniesta told Spanish radio channel Onda Cero
The former Barcelona captain also stressed that he still keep in touch with Valverde since he left the club two seasons ago.
“My relationship with the boss is very good. During the year we have been talking some times. Really beyond whether we like the coach or not, I think the situation is not pleasant for anyone: the coach, the team or the fans,” he added.
The La Liga champions have been linked to Iniesta's former midfield partner and club legend Xavi Hernandez in recent times.
The Vissel Kobe playmaker believes Xavi and Ronald Koeman are Barcelona future managers because of their familiarity with the club.
Xavi and Koeman as possible future Barça coaches: "There is a case for everyone. The case of Guardiola who was at Barça B and then he took over the first team ... The one who knows best is Xavi, he will have analyzed all the variables that there can be and let's see what happens. Koeman has a lot of experience as a coach and Xavi is starting out now. But a lot of times experience counts for nothing. Both of them have been at Barça and know the club.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi has thrown his weight behind embattled Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde following the Spanish Super Cup semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.
The defeat is the latest slip up by the Spanish champions as pressure continues to mount on the future of Valverde.
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