Camp Nou

Next Game

Barcelona v Elche

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 16:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Martino - Tie in the balance

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino believes his side's Copa del Rey semi-final tie against Real Sociedad remains in the balance despite taking a 2-0 lead in the first leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 06/02/14 at 14:14 Post Comment

Gerardo Martino: Cup tie not over

Gerardo Martino: Cup tie not over

Sergio Busquets put Barcelona ahead on the stroke of half-time before an own goal from Real Sociedad's Enaut Zubikarai in the 60th minute effectively ended the contest.

Martino told a press conference: "We didn't dominate to the point that would allow us to think we could have killed off the tie."

The Catalan side came into the match following a shock 3-2 home defeat to Valencia but Martino opted to name a largely unchanged line-up, which saw Jose Pinto replace Victor Valdes.

Martino added: "The players that played against Valencia needed to play in this match because if I had taken any of them out perhaps I would lose a player for the future."

Overall the former Newell's Old Boys coach was pleased with his side, especially after the defeat at the weekend.

"(We played) a good game, we didn't take any risks," he added. "We were a bit apprehensive because of Saturday's game against Valencia."

He was also happy with his "team's organisation against Real Sociedad, their eagerness to score the second goal and their patience".

He added: "We scored twice, probably thanks to chance and not because of how we played. He's always performed well since he arrived at Barcelona."

Martino also insisted he is not concerned that star striker Lionel Messi was not find able to find the net.

He added: "I'm not worried about Messi scoring goals. He had three clear chances today, and one of them the keeper saved from point blank range - he'll score again soon."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer news: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger.

Transfer News: Reported Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'happy' to stay at Juventus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced Arturo Vidal will remain with the club for the forthcoming season.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property