Unai Emery has reacted to questions about criticism of his appointment of Granit Xhaka as club captain by saying he trusts the midfielder, and all the players in the squad.
The manager also says that the players vote for the Swiss international backed up his own opinion of the 27 year old, as well as praising the spirit within the squad itself.
Xhaka was not a universally popular choice for captain, and he has been at the receiving end of criticism from fans after an indifferent start to the season on top of making a big error in the North London derby which gave Sp*rs a goal.
Speaking ahead of today’s clash with Bournemouth at the Emirates, the Spaniard said of his appointment, “I spoke about that. The vote gives me this information and the teammates decided that vote gives him confidence.
“Now the big thing is that we are going to work individually and collectively to be strong, and to show our supporters our way and how we can be strong with every player and our captains.
“I have big confidence and trust in every player, the captain and not the captain, because I think now in the dressing room we have a very big spirit.”
Emery was also asked about the state of the squad, now that we’re into his second season and after a summer in which he was given serious backing by the club in the transfer market.
“We’re this year also changing some or more players than the last years made here,” he said.
“We need some adaptation with those players and to do that squad with a strong mentality and also with the combinations with those players to achieve that confidence to progress with them.
“But really, I am happy above all in the last matches, with those news players and with the ideas and the style we can take and we can get to be stronger in our matches.
“That is our work and every day for me is one challenge to analyse our team after each match, look at how we can improve for every game, for Sunday against Bournemouth with that difficulty and really, to be consistent and progressively getting better for each match.”