‘Tata not intending a revolution’

Cesar Luis Menotti has backed Tata Martino's work at Barcelona, suggesting the real debate at the club should be on the number of games played.

The Catalans have seen discussion this season so far focus on changes the new Coach is making to the playing style.

The weekend’s win at Rayo Vallecano has heightened the debate, in light of the Madrid outfit becoming the first side since mid-2008 to record more possession in a match than La Blaugrana.

However, one former Barca Coach and a fellow Rosario native has backed Martino’s work and does not see too much being changed.

“El Tata is not intending for a revolution,” Menotti reflected to Cadena SER this week.

“He intends to recapture their concentration, to sustain their philosophy and not to invent what is being invented.

“It would be a silly attempt to try and change a work of art like that built by [Pep] Guardiola, but certain aspects have to be restored.

“What Barca have to do is simply go back to being themselves. Their talent is not predictable. They are not confused in their philosophy.

“When the Barca players recover their pace and their level, I do not see why they would need to change anything from something that was both so good and won.

“It makes me laugh to think about predictability. It is intended to disguise that many of the players are physically exhausted.

“Instead of talking about the philosophy of the club, why not speak about recovering some players who are mentally and physically worn out?”

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