Tata Martino insisted that his Barcelona players are ‘better when they’re having fun’ after Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano.
The Blaugrana ran out easy winners against the Franjirrojos yesterday to go back to the top of the League.
And the Coach was delighted with the performance of his men.
“I didn’t think it was all that bad when we tied or lost, and I don’t think it’s so simple after a match like today’s,” he told a Press conference.
“If I have to choose, I’d pick a match like today’s ahead of our game against City. But our chances in the Champions League have increased now.
“We play better when we have fun. Today we entertained a lot of people. I hope we can get 20,000 more people to fill the stadium.
“Scoring in the second minute of a match gives you tranquility and it makes you play differently.”
Martino then commented on Lionel Messi, who bagged a brace to move level with Raul in the Liga all-time goalscoring records.
“I’d like to think that Messi still has a bit to go before he’s 100 percent fit. If he wants, he’ll break any record he sets his mind to.
“He’s only 26 years old and he’ll lose count [of the records he breaks]. Barça enjoy him and Argentina does as well.
“We’re on form coming into the match against City, this is the perfect moment to try to qualify for the quarter-finals. Most of the players are playing really well.”