Rosell on Pep, Leo & Barca’s defence

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has admitted that it will be difficult to better the Pep Guardiola era.

The tactician left Camp Nou in 2012 and has since gone on to manage at Bayern Munich. And the Blaugrana chief has conceded that it will be tough to top that successful period.

“You have to ask him why he left Barcelona,” Rosell told Doha Stadium Plus.

“He was, by some distance, the best trainer the club has ever seen. For me it is going to be difficult bettering what he did for the club.

“The doors at Barcelona will always be open to him.”

The President then commented on the objectives this season, signing a new central defender and the Ballon d’Or.

“We go into every tournament with only one aim – to win. So far this season we have won the Spanish Super Cup. We’re competing in three tournaments and we’ll go out to win them all.

“I don’t agree that we have a weak defence. We have an offensive style of play, which makes it much more difficult to defend. If we look at our defenders I would say they are the best, or one of the best, in that position in the world. I wouldn’t change any of them.

“I don’t think we’re going to sign new players in January. If the technical team asked me to then I would consider it.

“If people vote for performances last season then, without doubt, Messi was the best.

“He's won the last four awards but when people see the same face again and again they want a change. It’s human. But I still believe it should go to Messi again.”

The board room boos concluded by remarking on Messi and Iniesta’s contract renewals and Tata Martino’s start to life as Coach of Barca.

“Everything is going well with him. Everyone has the same goal and that is winning.

“What I asked Tata to do wasn’t easy and it wasn’t the ideal situation to hire anyone in any organisation, but he’s a brave person and knows a lot about the game. He has vindicated our decision.

“As far as I know they’ll be here next season. The problem is what is reported in a lot of newspapers. The most important thing is what the players and the club think.”

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