Martino: We lacked intensity

Gerardo Martino still had cause for concern despite his Barcelona side maintaining their perfect start to the season on Saturday night.

Last Updated: 06/10/13 at 10:56 Post Comment

Neymar (l): Scored in Barcelona's win

Neymar (l): Scored in Barcelona's win

Barca beat Real Valladolid 4-1 to make it eight wins from as many Primera Divisions games, but did so after going a goal behind.

Javi Guerra put the visitors in front, meaning Martino's men had to respond through Alexis Sanchez (two), Xavi and Neymar.

It was the first time they have fallen behind this season and Martino is not keen on it happening again.

"In general, we lacked intensity in the first phase of the first half, they got behind us and we didn't pressure enough," he told reporters.

"What happened needs to be corrected because we won't always be able to fight back. Conceding goals from set-pieces is one of our current worries."

He did add, though: "I really liked the second half the team put in."

With Lionel Messi in the treatment room, Barcelona required some of their other leading names to rescue the situation at the Nou Camp.

They extended the club's best-ever start to a season in the process and Martino said: "I'm always an optimist when it comes to my job, but it's not easy to find such optimal results. It's time to enjoy this as the manager of this team.

"Neymar played equally well on the right, left and center; his secret lies in how good he is. Neymar's adaptation allows him to have a large margin of improvement. He has a hierarchy that's hard to find in players."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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