Martino: No apology needed

Barcelona Coach Tata Martino says no one at the club has treated him unfairly during his tenure at Camp Nou.

The tactician was answering a question about the rumours that Celta Vigo boss Luis Enrique has already met with Barca officials with a view to replacing him at the end of the season.

However, ahead of his side’s crucial trip to Elche tomorrow, the Argentine insists nobody owes him any apologies and says all he is focused on is winning La Liga

“There is not a single act done by the club that has been out of order,” Martino said at a Press conference today. “They haven’t done anything wrong.

“Not now and not during the ten months I have been here so far. No one needs to apologise to me.

“All I need to say to the players is that it is in our hands to win La Liga.

“In the dressing room, with me at the head of it, we are our own biggest critics and we all know that we messed up last week.

“We have made mistakes, but it is harsh to say it has been down to irresponsibility. There are other deeds that could be described as irresponsible, but this is not one of them.

“Elche are a very strong team to be playing against. They still need a point or two to keep themselves up, but we now have a new opportunity to win La Liga.

“There is no outcome to the season that would dictate my future. In any case, the outcome of the season would not affect my own vision for the future. My work will not depend on whether or not we win the League.

“We need to mentally separate our chances in the League from the work we each do as individuals. We have a chance to win the League, but I don’t think that the two matches to come should alone dictate that we should do anything differently.

“We understand that this is a unique opportunity and a real opportunity. But we are not going to look ahead, that would be disrespectful to both Elche and Atletico, who are doing very well.

“What has been happening in the League doesn’t surprise me, shocks happen everywhere.

“We have struggled to win in the last few matches. However, what we must do in the final two matches is not to try to look to produce the best Barca performance ever, we just need to win. We have 180 minutes ahead of us.”

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