Iniesta: Martino the best

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta has come to the defence of under-fire Blaugrana Coach Tata Martino by saying he is the best in the business.

The Argentine tactician is widely reported to be on his way out at Camp Nou, with Luis Enrique set to replace him.

However, the playmaker said that the current boss deserves to be given more time at the club and that he would be delighted if that happened.

“For me, the Coach that we have now is the best,” Iniesta said to Argentine outlet Diario Ole. “Also, I would be delighted if he stayed here for longer and showed everyone what he can do.

“The first year is a difficult one for everyone. I have always seen him with the desire and determination needed. He always believes in our chances.

“Things don’t always go how you want them to, but you have to try.

“The world of Barcelona is always difficult, not just for him, but for everyone and for us players as well.

“There is a constant high demand and you have to be ready for it.

“We have failed as a team at important moments. Sometimes things don’t go how you want them to.

“This isn’t because you don’t want it, it’s just how it goes sometimes. You always need to be making changes, regardless of whether you are winning trophies or not.”

Iniesta was also asked about teammate Lionel Messi and the death of Tito Vilanova.

“I have always said it. Leo never gives me any doubts, never. I think winning the World Cup is just a question of time, not just for Leo.

“Argentina have a great team and I am sure that they will do very good things at the World Cup.

“Tito’s death was a very tough blow. We shared a lot of years together, he was our Assistant Coach and then for one year he became the boss and we won the League with 100 points.

“Losing him has given me great pain, to tell the truth. During all this time we kept in contact with him.

“We spoke to each other sometimes and I would ask him how he was and we would talk about football.”

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