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Barcelona exit Champions League by inexperience – Martino reacts

April 9, 2014 by  
Filed under UEFA Champions League

UCL – Quarterfinals Leg 2

Atletico Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona 

FC Barcelona was not able to convert chances and coincide 1-0 defeat. When Martino signed this season, many mentioned his inexperience at the highest level. he came  from Argentine side Newell Boys and showed tonight a lack of solutions and tactics. In this game Barcelona was missing the killing touch, the last move and little luck. Atletico go back to semis after 40 years absence.

Coach Martino talks:

“It’s not that we didn’t match their intensity, it’s that we were unable to string 4-5 passes together like we wanted to,” said the manager

“The team isn’t doing well now (morale). We will move forward in the Liga and the Cup,”

We were brave in that we tried to play like Barça have for the past decade. Playing like this is brave.” When asked about the game against Atlético, Martino said that “the flow of the game was what they (Atlético) were looking for” and “it’s not that we didn’t match their intensity, it’s that we were unable to string 4-5 passes together like we wanted to.”

“We had our chances after Atlético had taken the lead, they had chances too, but if we could have scored it would have been a different game,” said Martino, who added that “all of the games against Atlético have been similar. They score the first goal because they were more intense than us.”

“The team isn’t doing well now. We will move forward in the Liga and the Cup. The most important thing is to continue competing, we have a decisive game in Granada and next Wednesday we have the Cup final.”

www.fcbarcelona.com

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