Martino: Barcelona has Messi & players every coach wants

Miles Chambers
Martino: Barcelona has Messi and players every coach wants

Gerardo Martino has described Barcelona as having players "every coach wants" following his hiring as head coach on Tuesday.

Martino was confirmed as the new Camp Nou boss following Tito Vilanova's shock resignation over health problems as he continues his battle against cancer. Martino, who steps down as Newell's Old Boys boss to take the two-year deal in Catalunya, is thrilled to get the opportunity to coach Lionel Messi and is crossing his fingers that he will be a huge success.

"For my career as a coach, with the players that Barcelona have, with Leo there, it's exactly what every coach wants," Martino told reporters at a press conference in Argentina. "I hope I can be as good as they are expecting and help them keep winning.

"I'm really happy that Barcelona considered me and my way of working. I have hopes that everything will go perfect, and, despite the [high] expectations, that everything will go great.

"My first goal is to get adapted to the club with my people the best way. Then we have to fight for every competition we play.

"We are deciding how we will proceed [regarding linking up with the Barca squad]. I guess in the next few hours I will prepare everything to fly as soon as possible. This afternoon we will decide that."