Martino: What is ‘Madriditis’?

Barcelona Coach Gerardo Martino has laughed off suggestions from some quarters that he is currently suffering from ‘Madriditis’.

The term has been coined by Marca in relation to new Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu’s complaints that Real Madrid may have drawn attention to the Neymar contract issue that saw Sandro Rosell step down last week.

However, for the Blaugrana’s Coach, the intention of the word is not clear.

“I don’t know what Madriditis is, I have no idea about it,” the Argentine said at a pre-match Press conference ahead of Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey clash with Levante at the Camp Nou.

“I’ve read the term, I’ve heard about it, so maybe you’d like to explain what it means,” he suggested to the journalists gathered.

Martino’s side hold a 4-1 lead going into the second leg of the quarter-final second leg but ahead of the game the Barca boss warned his team against complacency.

“These are games that concern me,” he commented. “Whenever we are in this situation I get the feeling that everyone thinks that it’s all over but there are still 90 minutes ahead of us.

“The game against Levante deserves our maximum concentration, we cannot allow the opponent to believe they can get back into the tie.”

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