Koeman: I hope Laporta backs Xavi more than he supported me

Koeman: I hope Laporta backs Xavi more than he supported me

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The Dutch coach spoke at the launch of his golf event in Catalonia on Thursday

Ronald Koeman hopes Joan Laporta will give Xavi Hernandez more time and support than he was afforded during his time as the Barcelona coach.

Koeman was sacked in October after a defeat at Rayo Vallecano and on Thursday spoke publicly for the first time since being fired.

The Dutchman was speaking at the launch of the Koeman Cup, a gold even with proceeds going towards the Cruyff Foundation.

"Barcelona's situation is the same as when I was there," Koeman said. "Changing is not always the solution. The only thing I ask is that they support Xavi.

"I hope the president (Laporta) gives him the support that I did not have. Xavi is a legend at Barça and deserves confidence. He's not to blame for how the club is."

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