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Tata: Sometimes you shouldn't ask for a second chance

AS AS 03/05/2014 Moisés Llorens

Barcelona coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino accepted his team’s title hopes were all but over after Ángel Lafita’s late equaliser saw his side held to a draw by Getafe.

Future, second chance? “Sometimes you ask for a second chance when you feel that it’s logical to ask for one. And there are times that you feel you don’t deserve one. I’ll see what my thoughts are. I think there is still time. We’ve just finished a match and there’ll be time to say.”

Outcome of the match: “We didn’t expect it. There was always the possibility of not reaching our objective, but not because of our own mistakes. Today we had the odd lapse of concentration and we paid the price. We paid a heavy price. They didn’t create many chances but they made them count.”

Evaluating job he has done at Barcelona: “The team had some very good passages of play. I think we did enough to win. The overall assessment of this season isn’t a good one, either personally or for Barcelona. It has been a very difficult season with external issues that we have had to go through.”

Players’ mental state: “I think it’s unfair ending in this way and in the last move of the game, and above all in a game in which we did enough to win.”

Mistakes: “The responsibility is with the coach on these issues. In these circumstances, the buck stops with the coach.”

Atlético favourites for the title: “We have given as much as we can give in the La Liga title race. We obviously wanted to give more, but if we weren’t able to win today then we didn’t deserve to get to the final day still in with a chance.”

Objective and players’ morale ahead of World Cup: “I think footballers are able to put their season with their clubs to one side and focus on their national team. It’s a totally different story. Our expectations from the last two league matches are to finish the season. There are no other expectations.”

Happy at Barcelona? “It’s not about happiness, but we haven’t managed to win any trophies or see the team at its best. In the season that I have been in charge, we’ve been well off our best.”

Barcelona coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino. © EFE Barcelona coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino.

Reasons for end of season: “I don’t get the impression that the players are in bad shape. We’ve played the same amount of games as the teams who have played the most. I’ve seen that my players have given their all.”

Neymar case: “All that is excuses for when you don’t achieve your objective; I don’t like making excuses or avoiding responsibility.”

Defensive frailty: “I don’t put things down to just defensive issues. Throughout the season we’ve been lacking in several things. I think that the year has had a lot of ups and downs in a number of aspects of our play. That’s where the secret is. Of the three teams fighting for the league title, we have been the least consistent.”

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