"Not even winning La Liga my decision to leave would have changed. That was dead..."
Tata Martino had no trouble describing his time at Barça as a "total failure." The Barca coach has done self-criticism about his zero contribution to the game of the team and said he would have left even if they had won La Liga against Atlético Madrid. In an interview at the newspaper Panenka, the current coach of Argentina also talked about Messi and compared him with Diego Maradona.
His season at Barça
"It was a total failure. Even if we had won La Liga against Atlético Madrid I would have left. Usually a failure means not winning. My vision is another. If Barça had had a concrete profile, although we had not won a title, it would have not been a failure. But we didn't win and, besides, we did not play well. "
"There was no need to extend something that was dead for some time. Barça could not produce much more..."
His signing for FC Barcelona
"I think I should have coached somewhere else in Europe before going to Barcelona. If some asks me, my advice for future coaches is to go to other clubs first."
"He is the best of all because he does everything naturally when he plays and trains. He is always the same, and does exactly the same. In Barça it was the same: a calm guy, who spoke just and necessary, but when he said something, it had to be taken into account."
The best players ever
"Maradona, Di Stefano and Messi; each of them in their corresponding period."
Comparison between Maradona and Leo
"I think they are similar in terms of dribble, vision of game, goal and set-pieces actions. Regarding leadership, maybe Maradona had a more important role in the team. It's not that Messi doesn't have this ability, but he is not interested in it. He wants to play soccer."