Barcelona, Spain (4E Sports) – New manager Gerardo Martino believes that Barcelona has all the tools to keep its success in the Champions League as the team begins its 2013-14 campaign at home against Ajax Wednesday.
“On my first day I said that if Barcelona do not win any trophy this year, obviously it will be a failure,” said Martino, who replaced Tito Vilanova in the summer.
Martino said he has to live up to the team’s high standards, saying he’s confident to pull it off with the help of his players.
“The team has had such an excellent level in previous years, it is very difficult to equal, but I came here with this idea that we can repeat the best moments of the club in recent years,” he added.
Barcelona has reached the semifinals of the competition in each of the last six seasons, and won the trophy twice in an outstanding three-year period under Pep Guardiola.
Despite the death of his father Tuesday, Martino will be on the sidelines for the match against Ajax and will then travel to Argentina to attend the funeral, according to Barca president Sandro Rosell.
Martino has led Barcelona to two La Liga wins, beating Valencia 3-2 and then Sevilla by the same scoreline.
“We have talked about what has happened in the last two games,” Martino said. “They should take the best option at that moment, being direct when it is needed, and keeping hold of the ball and elaborating more when it makes more sense.”