Martino warns Barca against complacency after 2-0 win over Man City
Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino warned his team against complacency after picking up a 2-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Martino’s men picked up a crucial win on their trip of England to grab an away win advantage over Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Martino claims there is still work to be done before Barcelona qualifies for the quarterfinal stage. The Argentinean tactician asked his men to stay on their toes against Manchester City and expect them to comeback stronger.
The La Liga champions got their first goal from the spot-kick which came after Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis for a tackle on Lionel Messi. It was the Catalan star who then stepped up to the spot and drew first blood for his team. Later, Dani Alves added another one for Barcelona.
Barcelona have reached the semifinal stage of the Champions League for the past six seasons. The Spanish outfit is hot-favorite to enter the next stage of the tournament, since a home game is only what stands in between qualification to the last-8 stage.
“I am not taking it for granted but it is true we have done a good game away and we just have to repeat the same performance,” Martino said.
Interestingly, Manchester City have won all of their away games in the Champions League this season. Pellegrini’s fierce attack has created holes even in the best of teams. Manchester City even condemned Bayern Munich, the defending champions in the tournament, to a humiliating defeat at home, Allianz Arena.
For this reason and more Martino is wary of the second leg of the match. Martino claims his side will show the same passion and zeal at home as well.
“We are going to keep on playing with the same intensity and the same commitment,” Martino said. “We have a very tough rival at the same level. The only difference is we won an away game but we cannot forget that City lost at home to Munich and then won an away game.”
Martino reserved special praise for Messi. The coveted striker is usually considered to be quite useless on English soil and well apart from the spot-kick goal he was once again. Nonetheless, Martino backed the striker and hailed him for his commitment.
“What I can say about Messi is his commitment to the team was really good,” Martino said.