A lot of the press in Spain was suggesting that the Barcelona boss Tata Martino was on borrowed time and the only thing that would save him was a victory in El Clasico at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Others were saying that it was Tata Martino’s own decision to leave at the end of the season because of the immense pressure of the job, but both manager and club have rubbished these claims today, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
To be fair to him, Tata has been under ridiculous amounts of pressure this season, from the Catalan as well as main Spanish papers. Maybe because he was a newcomer to club and country, maybe because so much is expected of Barca, but his record has been brilliant. In fact, the win over Real Madrid made his debut season as good, if not better, than that of Pep Guardiola. Even if Barca do not manage to retain La Liga this season, I think Martino has done a great job, especially as he was tasked with changing things after last season’s troubles.
The Barca boss admitted huge relief at the end of Sunday’s game, but he is clearly pleased with how the players have responded to him, especially in adversity. So I for one am pleased that Tata has vowed not to walk away from the Nou Camp, at least until his current contract runs out in 2015.