Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino recently said that any mistake from now on would prove costly, and that was exactly what happened after the team’s loss against Valencia CF at home. FC Barcelona now trail Atlético Madrid by three points to sit in second place with goal difference as the only advantage over Real Madrid, who share the same number of points. Now, Martino aims to recover quickly and focus and the upcoming games, as he believes the title race is no where near over. Continue reading for more details.
The loss against Valencia was undoubtedly a weird and surprising result, especially after the dominance displayed in the first half of the game. “We have talked about the mistakes we made in the second half against Valencia and about our tactics,” Martino said.
As for the cup game against Real Sociedad, Martino was not sure how Sociedad plan to approach Barça in the first leg which will be played at the Camp Nou. “This last weekend they played without an out and out number nine, but they may change that tomorrow. How they play also depends on how we go into the game and if we can force them into playing a particular way.”
It has become obvious that Barça’s strength lies in pouring constant pressure on the opposition, something the team failed to execute in the second half against Valencia. “When we are in control and winning, we need to remember how to close things down. Normally, when we start scoring, we’ll win by two or three goals,” he said.
Nevertheless, Martino believes that Barça are still in control of their own fate: “Although we’ve dropped to second place, it’s still in our own hands. I hope we won’t have any more slip ups – you can’t rule us out of the title just because of 45 poor minutes. The truth is that we are just one game behind the leader and they have to come here to the Camp Nou for the last game of the season.”
“We know that with each week, there are fewer games left to play and if you make a mistake it’s not easy to make it up, but after every defeat the next game is a chance to prove yourself.”
Source: fcbarcelona.com, Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe