The Argentina coach concedes he would do everything different given a second chance at Camp Nou and admits he was biased in his Ballon d’Or vote
Former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he would do almost everything different if he were to have his time at the club again.
Martino’s single season with the Catalans ended this past summer as he failed to lift any major titles, save the Spanish Supercopa.
Martino’s Barca were eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid and lost the Liga title to the same opponents on the final day of the season.
The 52-year-old has since been appointed Argentina coach but concedes he still has a lot of regrets about his short-lived spell at Camp Nou.
“From our very first contact, I would have done almost everything differently,” he told Marca.
“I won’t give any examples, but I regret a lot of things that happened during that time, although they’ve helped me to learn and not repeat the same mistakes.”
The former Paraguay and Newell’s Old Boys coach also pledged his support once again for Lionel Messi’s quest for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or, adding that the public ballot of national team coaches, captains and journalists may need a rethink.
“Some coaches just aren’t very objective on the matter,” he said. “I’m one of them. If Messi is in the mix, that’s who I want to win. I voted for him.
“Maybe we should reconsider who votes for this award. There are many personal implications.”
Messi, seeking his fifth world player of the year prize, faces competition from Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The winner will be announced January 12, 2015.