Monday August 26 2013
Martino: We lacked effectiveness

Tata Martino has conceded that Barcelona have struggled to control their last two games, but that results will make them stronger.

The Catalans played out a 1-0 win at Malaga on Sunday evening, but were made to work for the result and saw their hosts waste a couple of late chances for the draw.

“At times we lacked effectiveness,” conceded Martino post-match.

“In the first half we had chances and controlled, but we could not exercise the same level of control in sections of the second half and that allowed Malaga to create their chances, including those to equalise.

“We lacked a bit of consistency. Any process takes time. In this first week we have had three games in seven days.

“In terms of results this has been positive. Performance wise, the first was excellent and in the others we have suffered at times.

“I believe that we will become strong with the result and with wins in stadiums like this.”

Barca’s match-winner was their full-back, Adriano.

“I place a lot of value on having different goal scorers on the team. The right and left backs have both scored and so have the majority of the forwards.

“We must seek to be more consistent in 90 minutes and learn how to close out game and not give chances to our opponents.”

Neymar again came off the bench and was the subject of particular attention from Malaga.

“There are differences in this game and the one against Levante. I do not know how much further there is to go until he starts a game.

“In his head he is ready and we will see when the time is right. In the half hours he has played he has always done something right.

“We have spoken a lot with him [about the provocations from opponents]. There is someone on the team who is an example of how not to succumb to provocation [Lionel Messi], and Neymar followed that example.”

Martino has caused discussion over the weekend in labelling Real Madrid’s world record move for Gareth Bale as ‘disrespectful’.

“I said what I said and I do not want a confrontation with anyone. I will stick with what I said.

“Obviously I will not retract what I said, but I will not continue with a theme and has had a beginning and an end.”

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