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Former Barcelona president: Luis Milla is capable of building a great team

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta said Luis Milla, who were appointed Indonesia head coach back in January, is the right man to help the Red and White squad achieve greatness.

Laporta explained that Milla is one of the coaches who have good skills in forming a team. The former Barcelona footballer was successful with Spanish national youth team at different levels, notably winning the European Championship in Denmark in 2011 with Spain U-21.

Under Milla’s guidance, Spain U-20 won the Mediterranean Games in 2009, while Spain U-19 team were the runners-up of European Championship in 2010.

Laporta said that the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) made the right decision to appoint Milla since the former Barcelona midfielder is well aware of the characteristics of the young players and style of play that is suitable for Indonesia.

“He [Milla] is a good coach, he has a good philosophy about football, which may be applied in Indonesia,” said Laporta.

“Of course his experience will be very useful for Indonesian football. He began his professional career at Barcelona, he has good skills and will help the Indonesian national team reach future titles. He won many trophies and he specifically will improve the players,” he added.

The nearest targets of Milla are to win the gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games and reach top four of 2018 Asian Games.