Ex-Barca B coach: 'Puig reminds me of Iniesta'
- Former Barcelona B coach Gerard Lopez is full of praise for Riqui Puig
"Given the absence of international players, two players were brilliant more than others, Miranda and also Ricky Puig stole the show," Lopez told Eurosport.
"Cucurella also played well ... They are all talented and deserve to have minutes, but it's complicated in Barça. The fact that they have gained the group's respect is already a good thing.
"Puig started with me, but it was in the middle of the season. The Spanish D2 is physical, and I did not know if playing him in a difficult environment, while his body is not ready, was a good thing. But I believed in him. I saw his quality, even though he looked like a 13-year-old. At Barça, they doubted his physique. Some did not want him to stay. It reminded me of the beginnings of Xavi. It was said of him that he was too small, that he took no risk, that his game was boring ... A few years later, he had become the best midfielder in the world ... We should let time for the kids to grow
"I would say Puig reminds me more of Iniesta rather than Xavi. His vision, the ability to make a decisive pass, to change pace, and eliminate his opponent with 1 touch or a feint ... Puig has all that."