Gerardo Martino: “Neymar would have benefited, not harmed”

Gerardo Martino spoke again about Neymar in the run up to the second leg of the Spanish Supercup against Atletico Madrid.

“I too have also wanted to see Neymar, but I have the duty to take care of all the players. Neymar is a young guy and although he has achieved a lot, he is still a very young man. My aspiration is that he plays for Barcelona for 10 or 12 years, not that he solves my problems in two games.

The only thing I’m concerned about is that the player does well and I think we have benefited him rather than harming him. If you ask the player, he was ready for the match against Levante,” said the Argentine coach.

However, the Barcelona coach did not disclose whether Neymar will start against Atletico Madrid this evening. “Surely he will remain prepared, we will make a decision tomorrow and you will find out when the match starts.”

As for Leo Messi, who has been given the green light and will be called upon, Martino said: “He’s okay, he’s trained normally. He did some training with the rest of the squad yesterday.”

Martino discarded the idea of signing a new forward before the close of the transfer window. “We are exactly the same as we were from day one and therefore we will continue. We are one week away from the close of the market and we are very happy with the squad we’ve got,” he said.

Tata Martino spoke of the changes in the lineup. “The fact that there are squad rotations doesn’t mean we’ll be playing with 10 new faces. It’s good that the players feel involved and important; they are high quality players.

I’m interested in players that are ready to play. Throughout the year we will have players that will play more often and others that will be rotated more,” said Martino.

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  1. neymar we leave Barcelona if he is not having playing time at barca. Neymar is more batter than Alex.s

  2. Matthew N. Wesseh says

    I M a fan for Baca FC in West Africa, Liberia to be specify. Because of the love I have for the team, I pray and do not eat until Barca game ends in a time. Coach Martino needs to fill the space in the defence and to pair Neymar with Missi for historic results.


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