‘We must do what is best for the club’

Javier Mascherano has defended Barcelona's decision to hire Gerardo Martino as their new Coach.

The former Newell's Old Boys boss was presented to the media this afternoon as the new man at Camp Nou.

And the Argentina international has insisted that the 50-year-old tactician will adapt to the Blaugrana style.

“I did not know much about Martino,” he told a Press conference. “But he has a 15-year coaching career, most of the time spent with the Paraguay national team – and he achieved good results there.

“I am not the one to value Martino.

“[His hiring] was not up to me, but the people who make the decisions.

“Players are just employees of the club – we must do what is best for this team.

“I have never worked with him, so I do not know what to expect, but from what I've seen he has changed the way Newell's play.

“Martino plays the same system that we play. Each Coach has their nuances, but the idea is the same.

“Before Guardiola and Tito there was Rijkaard and Van Gaal – the fact is that things change.

“People must not forget though that we have had a rough few days.

“A new Coach has come in and we must start from zero.

“The uncertainty happens not only in the staff but in ourselves.”

The former Liverpool man then commented on the club's transfer policy this summer.

“In a club like this it is understandable that we have to grow.

“We have done some good with the likes of Neymar, but we should improve further.

“We have to create competition within the squad, with new people coming in wanting to compete and win things.

“It is logical and understandable that the club would want reinforcements.

“Last year we suffered injuries at centre-back.”

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