VALDES BACKS VILANOVA

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he will not be surprised if the replacement for Guardiola – Tito Vilanova – proves to be as successful as his predecessor with Barcelona. The club recently appointed the former assistant manager as replacement for Guardiola, who said that he decided to step down from his post as the manager of Barcelona after being burnt out in the last few seasons. Many are expecting a different approach from Barcelona, as Tito Vilanova attempts to build his own team. This has led to many saying that Barcelona will not be as successful as in previous seasons.

Victor Valdes, though, differs from this opinion because he is extremely confident that Tito Vilanova can succeed at Barcelona. He has cited the backing from the officials of the club, who are extremely desperate to see Tito Vilanova succeed. Barcelona had an incredible four seasons under the former manager Guardiola. They managed to lift 16 trophies in the span of four seasons, which includes an unprecedented six trophies in just one single season. Guardiola has also led Barcelona to 2 Champions League titles in the last four seasons, while they have also held a stronghold in the la Liga title as well.

"There is a very good chance, I think, with the commitment to Vilanova as our coach, and we will do our utmost so that Barcelona remain at a high level. Each [coach] has his way of working, his own style, although it is true that I do not expect many changes to the things we have been doing in the last few seasons. All I want is that Barcelona are champions by the end and that is what we work for every day," said Victor Valdes ahead of the pre-season friendly matches for Barcelona. Barcelona kick off the pre-season with a match against Hamburg.