Messi: “I’ve never met Martino”




Barcelona’s star striker Leo Messi wants to have nothing to do with the signing of new coach Gerardo Martino who also happens like Messi to be from Argentina.

Following lasts nights pre-season friendly between Barcelona and Bayern Munich which the Germans won 2-0 when questioned by reporters about Barca’s new coach Messi said:

“I don’t have anything to do with it, or anything to explain. It’s for the president and the club to decide. At the time I said that I thought he was a good coach, but I don’t have anything to explain.”

“I don’t know him personally, I’ve never met him, neither him nor Luis Enrique who was the other candidate being talked about. I think it’s a good appointment because he will bring something extra, and he’s shown what he’s capable of both at Newell’s and in the Paraguayan national team. I hope he’ll be good for us”, he added.

The new coach is expected to fly into Barcelona’s El Prat airport this afternoon and head straight for the Nou Camp to sign on the dotted line.

Tata as he is known could fly out to Oslo later in order to watch the team’s next friendly against Valerenga where he will watch the match from the stands, and later meet the players for the first time.

Martino’s first game in charge will be against Polish outfit Lechia Gadnsk on Tuesday in a match that had to be rescheduled due to Tito Vilanova’s illness.

Messi also mentioned that he had not seen former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola while in Munich preferring to talk about the season ahead.

“We’re starting again after what happened with Tito, we have to be prepared for a tough year”.

Barcelona was last season’s La Liga champions and have signed Brazilian starlet Neymar, but I think Messi is right it is going to be much tougher for the Catalans this season.



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