It must be difficult being the manager of FC Barcelona. You do not get a lot of credit for winning, even when your players play brilliantly and score a hatful of goals. But one defeat and the club is in crisis, whether the defeat be a narrow or undeserved one or not.
Tata Martino has faced the Spanish press today ahead of the Copa Del Rey semi-final against Real Sociedad and as well as deflecting more questions about the Neymar transfer, he has had to field questions about the so-called crisis of losing to Valencia at the weekend.
The boss was quick to point out, as reported by AS, that it was not even a bad performance over 90 minutes, just the second half. And that there is no special pressure on him or his Barcelona team because that pressure is there every day. He declared that he has great faith in his players and that they have always shown a great spirit to bounce back after a disappointment.
It does seem sometimes that the Spanish press would love Barcelona to go into a slump, but it never seems to happen. Even the demoralising two-legged defeat in the Champions League last season did not stop Barca carrying on to win La Liga with a record points total. So I wouldn’t bet on them crumbling after a single defeat now.