Gerardo 'Tata' Martino doesn't have fond memories of his year in charge of Barcelona.

The current boss of the Mexican national team spent the 2013/14 season as the Blaugrana head coach, winning just the Supercopa de Espana.

"From a results point of view, it wasn't a bad year," Martino said.

"We won a trophy and we reached a final (of the Copa del Rey), but what Barcelona care about is how many trophies you win.

"However, I'd say that it was my worst year [of my career] because my contribution as coach started and ended with the management of the team."

During his time at the Camp Nou, there was a suggestion that Martino had betrayed Barcelona's traditional style of play, favouring a more direct approach.

"There are questions that my management had a short life and, for me, the Clasico we won 2-1 against Real Madrid at home was key," he said.

"We scored the second goal running into space and if Barcelona ran into space, it was because something didn't add up.

"But I thought that there was something we could add to the team, it was not denying them the chance to run.

"The pace [of the team] was making Barcelona more complete because when the opposition had spells of dominance, they were able to sit back and counter into the space.

"That's what they did the following season with Luis Enrique."

Sezione: Ex barcelonistas / Data: Ven 29 maggio 2020 a las 22:30 / Fuente: Marca
Autore: Stefano Bentivogli
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