Tuesday December 30 2014
Martino: Barca didn’t see real me

Former Barcelona boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has reflected on his time in charge at the Camp Nou and says the club never saw the best of him.

In an interview with El Cano the 52-year-old, appointed Argentine national team boss in August, spoke of his coaching career to date and his spell with the Blaugrana.

“My time at Barca doesn’t really count because nobody was able to see what I was able to contribute,” insisted Martino.

Wednesday November 5 2014
Tata: Messi “worried” over form
Former Barcelona boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino claims Lionel Messi is worried about his form and returning to his best.
Messi has hit seven goals in 10 La Liga games this season, admittedly good by anybody else’s standards, but Martino believes he has not been firing on all cylinders and picking up another injury is something that has been on his mind.
“Messi is worried about finding his best form.
Tuesday September 23 2014
Argentina recall Lionel Messi

Argentina boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has recalled Lionel Messi to his squad after he missed the 4-2 friendly defeat of Germany.

The South Americans have friendlies with Brazil and Hong Kong lined up for October 11 and 14 respectively, both to be played in China, although it is understood that Messi will only play in the game against Brazil before returning to his club Barcelona.

Saturday August 16 2014
Martino: Barca failings all my fault

Tata Martino has admitted that last season’s failings at Barcelona were ‘completely my fault’.

The former Newell’s Old Boys boss was named as Tito Vilanova’s successor last summer, but oversaw a Blaugrana squad that failed to lift a trophy.

And the Coach, who was named as leader of the Argentina national team this week, has taken full responsibility for the debacle at Camp Nou.

Thursday August 7 2014
Martino set for Argentina job

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano look set to be reunited with Tata Martino, as the former Barcelona boss is expected to be named Argentina Coach.

Martino was in charge for just season at Camp Nou, as the Blaugrana failed to lift a single trophy under his guidance.

But despite that chastening experience in Spain, the 51-year-old is the favourite to succeed Alejandro Sabella.

“Our first candidate is Martino,” AFA secretary Miguel Silva told reporters.

Friday June 27 2014
'Winning at Barca isn't enough'

Former Barcelona boss Tata Martino has admitted that ‘winning at Barcelona wasn’t enough’.

The Argentine tactician spent just one season at the Camp Nou, and guided the Catalan club to a trophy-less campaign in the process.

And the 51-year-old has conceded that comparisons with the Pep Guardiola vintage were ‘never positive’.

“Pep's Barcelona was the best team in all history,” he told a Press conference in Argentina.

“The comparison was never positive. At Barca, winning wasn't enough.

Tuesday May 20 2014
Alba feels bad for Martino

Jordi Alba has admitted that he ‘feels bad’ for Tata Martino, after the Argentine Coach’s departure from Barcelona.

The former Newell’s Old Boys boss lasted just one season in charge at Camp Nou – failing to win a trophy and drawing criticism for his style of play.

But the defender has claimed that the tactician was unfairly criticised by fans and some members of the Press.

Friday May 16 2014
Martino admits to 'average' season

Tata Martino has admitted that Barcelona’s season has been ‘average’ by their standards, despite preparing to face Atletico Madrid in a Liga decider.

The Blaugrana are hosting the capital club on Saturday, knowing that a win would see them crowned Liga champions.

But despite this, the Argentine Coach has conceded that their season hasn’t been the best.

“I'm not a sensationalist person,” he told a Press conference. “Butour season has been average, with ups and downs.

Wednesday May 14 2014
Xavi: Barca value Martino

Barcelona captain Xavi says the club’s players respect and value Coach Tata Martino, despite strong rumours he will be sacked at the end of the season.

It is strongly rumoured that Celta Vigo tactician Luis Enrique has already agreed to succeed the Argentine at Camp Nou.

However, ahead of the Catalan giants’ decisive La Liga encounter with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, the 34-year-old insisted the reports were just speculation and that Barca currently have more important things to think about.

Wednesday May 14 2014
Messi: Let's win for Tito

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi wants his side to win La Liga as a tribute to former Coach Tito Vilanova, who recently died of cancer.

The Blaugrana face Atletico Madrid in a title decider at Camp Nou on Saturday, with the Catalan giants knowing victory over the Rojiblancos will ensure they are champions.

However, the Argentine admitted that Barca are lucky that their destiny is still in their own hands and said all three of the top teams this season have wasted chances to move clear.

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