Gerardo Martino leaves Barcelona

Gerardo Martino has stepped down as

Barcelona coach after they missed out on

the Primera Division title in a 1-1 draw

with champions Atletico Madrid.

Martino had been widely expected to leave,

win or lose in Saturday evening's crunch

clash at the Nou Camp, and Barca

confirmed the news as his post-match press

conference was beginning.

"Martino has announced that, by mutual

agreement with the club, he ceases to be the

coach of FC Barcelona," the club said on

their Twitter account."In agreement with

the club I am no longer the coach," Martino said.

"I deeply regret not having achieved the

goals that this club has always been set and


"These are great players. My greatest

gratitude goes to the players. They have

made me proud."

Barca's sporting director Andoni

Zubizarreta said: "We are grateful to 'Tata'.

This has been a tough season."

On Friday, Luis Enrique announced he was

stepping down as Celta Vigo coach, having

been heavily linked with a return to the

club where he finished his playing days and

began his coaching career with Barcelona B.

Barcelona went into their final match of the

season needing a win over Atletico Madrid

to steal the title away from Diego Simeone's

men, but despite taking the lead through

Alexis Sanchez's 34th-minute wonder strike,

they were pegged back by a Diego Godin

header early in the second half and Atletico

held on for their first title since 1996.

Atletico did so despite losing key players

Diego Costa and Arda Turan in injury in the

space of eight minutes early in the first

half, with the club confirming that Costa

has suffered a recurrence of his hamstring

injury which leaves his hopes of playing in

next week's Champions League final in the


"It was a very hard game," Atletico's on-

loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told Sky

Sports 1. "I think not a lot of people gave us

a chance after last week's draw because

Barca just had to win at home and they

were really ready for this game.

"After 20 minutes we lost two important

players and we went 1-0 behind, but in the

second half you saw how we came back. We

had to suffer but we suffered and we won.

"This is the story of Atletico Madrid. For so

many years Madrid and Barca had all the

money, they buy a lot of good players but

we had to find another way. We had good

players, not the best but we worked harder,

suffered in training and had good tactics.

You can achieve good things.

"The supporters of Atletico have had

difficult years but now they can have some

great years and hopefully next week we can

give them another trophy."


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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