Martino refuses to comment on Barca future

Tata Martino has refused to comment on his future ahead of Barcelona’s match with Getafe on Saturday. 

The Blaugrana host the Azulones tomorrow afternoon, looking for the three points that could take them to within one of leaders Atletico Madrid.

And the coach has insisted that he wants to focus on the football, not reports he could be replaced in the summer.

“First, I have to focus on these three remaining matches,” he told a press conference. “I haven’t said anything to anyone at the club about my future.

“It’s not for me to comment on what others are saying. [The Barcelona job has] taught me about working in European football. I’ve had to learn how to handle praise and criticism.

“I have learned wherever I have been but here, you have a lot to learn and you have to learn quickly.

“It’s been a very intense season but not a problematic one. The first year is always difficult. I’ve learned a lot of things this year which will serve me later in my career.

“I just hope that I can absorb as much as I can. We’re hoping to still be in with a chance on the final day – or at least be in a position where we don’t have to depend on other results.

“Ahead of the Elche game, it’s still mathematically possible – the probabilities are not high but they’re there. We have to confront this match with the conviction of doing everything well and winning, that’s the least we can do.”

The Argentine tactician then remarked on what some have termed ‘the death of tiki-taka’ after Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich were easily beaten by Real Madrid in midweek.

“It’s as though that, to acclaim the new trends in football, you have to wipe out the previous style. I don’t agree with that idea.

“Those of us who practice football gain satisfaction from doing our job with conviction; sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

“You don’t have to discredit a style which has made history – a style of football which the national team still employs.

“Criticising Guardiola is akin to wanting Spain to lose because Spain’s philosophy is based on short-passing football.

“There’s no need to permanently compare Guardiola with others or with other ways of playing. His achievements were some of the greatest seen in the history of football and ones which the game should feel proud of.

“Now he has suffered a defeat to Real Madrid. To praise Real Madrid it seems that, for some people, it’s necessary to knock Guardiola. His style of football was brilliant.

“We have to give credit to Madrid and to Atletico. One specific style may be productive but that doesn’t mean you have to discredit other ways of playing. It’s healthy that every team has their own ideas on how to win.”