Valverde wants ‘even better Barca’

New Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has expressed his desire to take the Catalans “a step further” and “make them even better than they are.”

Valverde arrived at Barca on Wednesday ahead of his official unveiling, and the former Athletic Bilbao Coach outlined his vision for the Blaugrana.


“The truth is that it’s a privilege and also lucky for me that the club thought of me and offered me this position,” he told Barca TV.

“I’m facing this new stage of my career with great enthusiasm and as a major challenge, with the intention of trying to make Barca even better than they are.

“Compared to my spell at Barca as a player? I see this stage in a completely different light.

“Back then, I was younger. Now I’m more aware of what it means to take this step.


“I’d like things to be as we all want them to be, I want the fans to enjoy themselves and watch a team that serve our style of play and, above all, them.

“I’d love for the fans to continue enjoying themselves because they’ve enjoyed watching a lot of the players and Coaches that have been here in the past century.

“My idea is the same: to continue in that line and, if we can, go a step further and do even better because football is about that, winning, making the fans happy, that they identify with their team and can be very proud of the players, and that’s what we want. I hope we can achieve it.”