Published 3: 53 a.m. ET April 25,2019
KOBE, Japan (AP)– Andres Iniesta is positive he can help his struggling Japanese group turn things around after a disappointing start to the season.
After completing 10 th in the 18- group J-League last season, Vissel Kobe spent lavishly over the winter when it signed Iniesta and his previous Barcelona teammate David Vacation home.
But things have simply gone from bad to even worse two months into the season.
Former Germany global Lukas Podolski stepped down as captain recently, meaning chaos after supervisor Juan Manuel Lillo left the club.
In a statement through the club, former Genuine Sociedad manager Lillo said he had actually made the “tough decision” to leave the group.
The club has called its former supervisor Takayuki Yoshida as Lillo’s replacement and Iniesta will use the captain’s armband when the team faces Kawasaki Frontale in the house on Saturday.
” Even though there have been a lot of changes we need to stay favorable as specialists,” Iniesta said on Thursday. “The group is in a tight spot now but we have to move on.”
Owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc., Vissel has tried to develop itself as one of the J-League’s premier clubs with the signing of gamers like Podolski, Iniesta and Vacation home.
Despite boasting one of the league’s most pricey rosters, Vissel has just three wins this season, along with a draw and four losses and is currently 11 th in the standings.
” There will be a great deal of viewpoints about what we need to do,” Iniesta stated. “The brand-new supervisor has previous experience and understands this group. From a personal viewpoint, I feel we are making development and there are no negatives.”
Vissel will play 25- time Spanish champions Barcelona on July 27 at Kobe’s Noevir Arena.
While in Japan, Barcelona will also play English Premier League club Chelsea on July 23 at Saitama Stadium.
Iniesta said he is anticipating facing his former team.
” Personally, It will be a special video game for me,” he said. “It will be special for Vissel Kobe and all of our fans so we wish to play our best.”
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