Former Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has hailed the impact made by the manager of the club, Ronald Koeman, saying that the former Southampton boss deserves a lot of credit for how he has turned things around at the Camp Nou. Koeman was appointed as Barcelona manager following the sacking of Quique Setien and was charged with the responsibility of taking the team to greater heights.

Koeman inherited a Barcelona side that was lacking in confidence and had a lot of work to do in bringing back the fear factor and their spectacular style of play as well. The club did struggle under the Dutch manager in the opening months of his Barcelona managerial career, but after those struggles, a lot has changed and he has put a lot of things in order as well.

During the opening months of the season, Barcelona were outside the top 10 in the Spanish La Liga table but are now in the top three and hot on the chase of league leaders Atletico Madrid aiming to win the league title this season. And the club’s former defender, Vermaelen, says that the manager deserves a lot of praise for how he has handled all the problems he faced in the opening stages of his career managing the club.

Vermaelen said that he still follows Barcelona a lot and has been monitoring the progress they have been making recently, claiming that they are now a much better side than they were a couple of months ago. He said their playing style has improved a lot and they have restored that winning mentality within the squad, an ingredient he believes will help them in the hunt for a league title this season.

He also says the board should trust Koeman enough to give him enough cash to secure his transfer targets in the summer so they can chase titles.