Barcelona’s Jordi Alba says former Coach Tata Martino came in for criticism that was completely undeserved during his time at the club.
The Argentine tactician left Camp Nou last weekend having presided over a trophyless season for the Catalan giants.
However, the Spanish left-back today told reporters that he and his teammates are upset that they could not win Martino the trophy his work merited.
“All the players know it was terrible to have not won a trophy for Tata,” Alba said. “He was unfairly criticised a lot of the time and it wasn’t his fault at all.
“He arrived at Barcelona in hurried circumstances, he started the season well and it hurts that we couldn’t win him a trophy. He is a great Coach and great person.”
The player was then asked about Barca’s new Coach, Luis Enrique, and said that the team would have to show more desire next season if they want to achieve more success.
“As a player Enrique transmitted a lot to his teammates and to the crowd,” Alba said. “As a Coach, people have spoken wonders about him
“Next season will be exciting because we didn’t win any trophies this year. Our motivation must be extra-large.
“The fans deserve to see the team win titles, although it is difficult to maintain the same high level after so many years.
“The season hasn’t gone how we wanted it to. Next season we need to approach it with more desire and more enthusiasm so that we don’t commit the same mistakes.
Finally Alba paid tribute to the achievements of Atletico Madrid, who clinched the title with a draw at Camp Nou last weekend.
“Atletico are the deserved winners of La Liga for what they have done. Hopefully they can be at the level they have been at this year for a long time.”