Barcelona legend Carles Puyol gives his verdict on Xavi following recent struggles for Barcelona

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Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has backed Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez amid the club’s recent struggles.

Xavi has come under pressure recently following two defeats in Barcelona’s last four games in all competitions.

“I see Xavi well because he knows perfectly where he is, in a very demanding club. We are in a difficult time now, but I am sure he will be able to handle it. And also convey confidence to the players, who are the ones who have to turn the situation around,” he said.

“We already know the club and we already know that when you lose two games or don’t play well there is always a lot of criticism, the demand is maximum. But I have confidence in the team and Xavi.

“We have had difficult times, especially with injuries, and that always makes it difficult for the team to play. But evaluations must always be done at the end of the season.”

Despite everything Barcelona remain just two points behind Real Madrid and four behind early surprise leaders Girona at the top of the table.