Koeman: Tito and Pep are similar

Former Barcelona defender Ronald Koeman believes there is not much difference between Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova.

Koeman, who scored the winner for Barca in the club’s first European Cup success in 1992, feels the transition from Pep to Tito has been seamless, although he expressed surprise at Vilanova’s appointment.

“There’s not a lot of difference between Pep’s Barcelona and Tito’s,” Koeman told radio station La Xarxa’s En Joc programme.

“At first I was surprised they chose Tito, but the important thing is that there hasn’t been many changes to the squad and that’s good for a new Coach as he can continue in the same manner.”

Even so, the Dutchman thinks La Blaugrana can still improve upon last season.

“In several games last year they were missing something up front, specifically a natural goalscorer, but Tito has people such as Alexis Sanchez or David Villa that are capable of occupying that position,” he declared.

“However, I still have my doubts over the central defenders that have come from Barcelona B as I’m not sure if they are good enough. If they are not then Barca need to sign a good centre-back.”

Koeman also gave his opinion on Cesc Fabregas and Neymar, two names that have been in the headlines recently for different reasons.

“Cesc has the quality to be a success at Barcelona but he needs to relax and trust in his teammates. With respect to Neymar, he’s a great player but sometimes he talks about himself too much.”

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