Xavi hails Gerardo Martino’s squad rotation policy at Barca
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez hailed his new boss Gerardo Martino for introducing an impressive squad rotation system this season. The Spanish attacking midfielder insists he is feeling happy and fresh due to Martino’s squad rotation.
Martino has tried to rotate his three coveted Spanish midfielders; Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Hernandez, whenever he gets the opportunity. During the first three months of the season, the Spanish midfield trio has seldom operated at a regular basis.
The 33-year-old Spain international, who scored for Spain in the 2-1 victory over Belarus last week, told Mundo Deportivo in an interview that he was in good health and form because of being given rests on a regular basis.
“I feel good and fresh,” Martino said. “The coach is doing well with the rotations. I always want to play.”
Martino’s squad rotation also allows him to give chance to younger players and increase versatility in his squad. Even the Argentinean hit-man Lionel Messi has been given rest. Martino believes exhaustion was the reason behind Barcelona’s inability to overcome Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Inter Milan in Champions League semifinals.
Meanwhile, the former Barcelona manager Cesar Luis Menotti has backed Martino to continue experimenting with the team. Menotti also believes that Martino has done well to tackle the physical injuries and mental exhaustion at Barcelona.
“A player’s fatigue is never muscular,” Menotti told Barcelona’s official website. “It is much easier to recover a player physically than mentally.”
The legendary Menotti, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978, claims his compatriot has done well to stick to the traditional playing style on Barcelona.
“Tata’s situation is a bit complicated because what can he do?” Menotti said. “It is difficult -- for sure the only thing he can do is maintain the idea of play. It is difficult to know what he can add.
“What can you put on the Mona Lisa? A moustache? Barca has worked like a symphony in recent years and, although they have had some adversities, they have remained at the highest level. The idea was never questioned.”