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Gerardo Martino / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Gerardo Martino talked to the press after the match against Real Betis and he expressed his satisfaction with the 1-4 victory, even though he was clear that his team didn’t hit the mark in the first half hour of the match. “We played the game that Betis wanted to play in the first 30 minutes. They left a lot of space and their pressure forced us back,” said Martino, who added that Betis “deserved a goal in the first half hour of the game.” With that said, Tata noted that “when Cesc scored the third goal the game was over. We played an intelligent match.”

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“This week we talked about feeling comfortable with playing father back. We have players who are good at passing the ball and they can create chances with ease.” The manager added: “We didn’t pass the ball well in the first half hour and we can’t lose sight of that regardless of what followed afterward.”
We didn’t pass the ball well in the first half hour and we can’t lose sight of that regardless of what followed afterward
When asked about Cesc Fàbregas, who scored a brace and gave an assist, Martino said that the Catalan “can pass, score, start, and finish plays ... he’s part of a group of footballers that play and understand the game well.” Finally, Martino talked about the fact that he was unable to use Leo Messi for most of the game: “The other players I have also play very well. If there is something that should be highlighted about this team is that they never make excuses.”


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