‘Martino leaving not good’

Barcelona’s Marc Bartra does not believe Coach Tata Martino’s potential departure from the club would be good news.

Martino has come under increasing pressure following elimination from the Champions League, defeat in the Copa Del Rey final and a faltering challenge for La Liga.

The 23-year-old however defended the tactician and also spoke of his own personal development and hopes for the rest of the season.

“Tata not continuing would not be good news,” Bartra said at a Press conference today. “This new found maturity I think I have is all down to him.

“It would be sad news because the whole team has confidence in him.

“We know that the four matches that remain are all finals. All we can do is continue to play with the same desire as we showed against Athletic.

“At least then, if Atletico or Madrid falter, we will be right behind them with the hope of winning the League.

“The result against Athletic was one that gave us the heart we needed to continue from here.

“We are still out of the Champions League and lost in the Copa Del Rey but it was a big boost to win.

“We have strength, desire and ambition. We will not give up in the League, we want to win it.

“It was a tough blow losing the cup final. Scoring a goal against Madrid made me happy though.

“This season I have grown a lot thanks to the Coach and everyone else. I have used the bad experiences I have had to make me stronger and also the good ones to help make me better.

“I haven’t discussed next season face to face with anyone because we still need to see how this one finishes.”

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