It appears that Barcelona manager Tata Martino’s relationship with his squad has broken down. The Argentine is under fire at the moment with fears and doubts creeping in as to his survival even though president Bartomeu has stated that he would like Martino to continue until 2015. more on this
Barcelona coach Gerardo Tata Martino could be leaving the club in the summer according to Spanish sports daily “Sport”. The Catalan club have also drafted up a shortlist of trainers they want to replace him with if he doesn’t bring home the La Liga title this season. More on Martino leaving Barcelona
Barca coach Gerardo Martino must be counting his blessings as two of his most valued players in his squad return from injury. Messi returned yesterday from his recovery spell in Argentina and Valdés looks set to take his place on Sunday after being given the all-clear by Barca’s medics. More on this story
After last Sunday’s trouncing of Getafe by a 5 goal to 2 margin, Barca coach Gerardo Martino was full of praise for his winger. Pedro scored a spectacular hat-trick to put the Catalan club in the driving seat despite not having Messi, Neymar nor Valdés on the pitch. Read more here
Tata Martino was evaluating in a pre-match press conference before the Ajax clash that although a draw will be enough for the Catalan giants to go top of the group, the coach only has winning on his mind. The coach said: “we’re not thinking about anything other than winning. We have to keep winning and aiming for excellence”. More on tonight’s game
Barca manager Tata Martino is not using the club’s homegrown stars, it appears. The Argentine manager has not used Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Dos Santos and Oier except for a few “bit parts” and who have only played a total of 22 minutes between them.More on Gerardo Martino
It hasn’t taken too long for Gerardo Martino to fire off a few shots in Real Madrid’s general direction. The new coach was speaking at a press conference ahead of today’s match against Malaga and mentioned that the Gareth Bale deal is ‘disrespectful’ given the world’s financial climate.
The world’s media have picked up on this, quickly pointing out the £50m Barca paid for Neymar.More on Martino’s statements
In a change of tack, Gerardo Martino is placing all his bets on a young central defender for the Blaugrana club. It’s not actually a change for the coach, as he has insisted all along that the likes of David Luiz or Daniel Agger may not fit in with his project at Barca.
Therefore, the coach will put his trust in Puyol and the young defenders such as Bartra and Bagnack while keeping an eye on a player from a modest team. More on Barca’s defense issues