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Gerardo Martino at the press conference. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Gerardo Martino spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Manchester City at the Camp Nou and warned that the first leg win in England shouldn’t lead to complacency: “if we have that 0-2 score in mind, we are risking the whole tie. We have to thInk of this game as the second half of a game and we are still goalless. We can’t sit back and wait and see what happens” The boss also reflected on the weekend’s defeat and explained: “every time you lose a game, the next few days are always tough. We’ve spoken a lot – the players and myself, but this is a different competition and I can see that we are really up for it”.

Don't rule Barça out

“We have to get the good feelings back, remember the times we have played well – not that long ago – I am sure the team will put in a big performance tomorrow night. I personally have never doubted that we are strong enough to go forward with all the options we still have and the games we have to play. I definitely am not ruling out are chances in the League- We are in the Champions League and have the Cup Final to come”.

  I personally have never doubted that we are strong enough to go forward with all the options we still have and the games we have to play

Martino then repeated that the team are still in the running to retain their league title: “if there is one thing this team has, it’s self belief. They know how to deal with this type of situation. I feel the players’ support and that motivates me. I have no doubts and I know that they want to lift themselves out of this situation as quickly as possible”.

Messi and Neymar

Asked about the onfield connection between the two superstars, Leo Messi and Neymar, Gerardo Martino explained. “Messi and Neymar haven’t played together a lot yet, but over the season we have seen them combine well together. Just because they are two of the best in the world, you can’t guarantee that they will always do the trick. Neymar’s injury meant that he’s played very little with four midfielders – only in Manchester when he came on as a sub. It was an unfortunate injury, but he’s getting back to his best again”.

Messi and Neymar haven’t played together a lot yet, but over the season we have seen them combine well together

Finally, Martino stressed the importance of the Camp Nou crowd for Wednesday’s game: “if City score first, it could get uncomfortable, but I know the fans will be behind us  - they know the team needs them”.

 

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