Gerardo Martino’s time at Barcelona was seen as an incredible failure after the club’s failure to win any major trophy for the first time in more than five years.
As a result, he did not last more the season at the Camp Nou. When he was first appointed as the replacement for Tito Vilanova, many expected this to become a dream partnership since the Argentine was going to manage one of the greatest players on the planet – Lionel Messi.
The fact that Messi was also from Argentina increased expectations before the start of the season.
However, it turned out to be one of the worst seasons in recent memory for both Messi and Barcelona. The Catalan club could have ended the season on a positive note by winning the league campaign in the final match. However, they lost the la Liga trophy in front of their own supporters after Atletico Madrid snatched victory in the most incredible circumstances.
Numerous rumours surrounded around Messi during last season. Even though most of them continue to persist, the superstar has been able to deliver on the pitch. This was not the case last season and Martino has admitted for the first time that he did not help Messi in any way.
"Nothing. Nothing at all. Not to him or to Barca.I didn't make any mark on Barcelona, it was a blip in my career in terms of what I did as a coach.It would be logical to use the term failure. I went to a team that always won and didn't win anything while I was there. The Supercopa is next to nothing for Barcelona.All I learned in Barcelona was about being surrounded by stars, by the best in the world. I made some monumental mistakes with Barcelona,” said Martino.