Gerardo Martino reckons his brilliant Barca side can get even better…
Barcelona’s new manager thinks his side has plenty more in their locker, despite demolishing Levante 7-0 in the opening game of the La Liga season, reports BBC Sport.
The reigning La Liga champions were ominously brilliant against a hapless Levante, and were 6-0 up at half-time thanks to some outstanding football. Lionel Messi shone as per usual, scoring an impressive brace; meaning he has scored in every home La Liga game in 2013. Pedro also bagged two, and goals from Xavi, Alexis Sanchez and Dani Alves completed the rout.
Gerardo Martino, Barca’s new 50-year-old Argentine manager, reckons his side can improve further.
“We can prolong our pressure and we can continue to look for alternatives when we go forward,” said the ex-Paraguay boss.
Barcelona started without £50m signing Neymar, but an impressive cameo from the 21-year-old Brazilian prodigy means fans will be excited to see him start the next match.
The Catalan club have so far failed in their attempts to bring in a world-class centre-half, but Martino is confident that he has enough options for the position. His side’s performance has settled his nerves, and Barcelona are favourites to win the league again ahead of rivals Real Madrid
“I was anxious for the league to start to see where the team were and I have been left very calm,” he added.
“It’s very premature to make an analysis after only 90 minutes. We have to play more matches in order to truly see how we are doing.”
Pedro’s third minute goal was the fastest scored by Barcelona on the opening day of the season since Gary Lineker bagged in the second minute back in 1986!