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Gerardo Martino appointed as new Barcelona coach

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Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has been appointed as the new Barcelona manager on a two-year-contract. 

The appointment came after the Barcelona board had a meeting at the house of Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell. 

Martino's appointment comes as a huge surprise to many fans across Europe, as many of them didn't know who he was. 

Although his appointment, at least for me, was an entirely logical choice. 

To begin with, Martino is already a well-known coach in South America - and Barcelona's main man, Lionel Messi, has huge respect for him.

Before his big hit with Newell's, Martino enjoyed an eminent spell with the Paraguayan national team, guiding them to the last eight of the 2010 World Cup finals and the final of the 2011 Copa America, where they were well beaten by the Uruguayans.

Martino's greatest impact as a coach is another Rosario native, Marcelo Bielsa, who he played for with Newell's old boys.

His time under Bielsa was relatively short - less than two years - but in those two years, Martino learned all the things he had to from Bielsa and was provided the foundations for his beliefs when he started his managerial career.

The common link between Bielsa and Barcelona, and why Martino is a logical appointment at the Nou Camp, is the high-tempo, high-pressing and passing game that they all strongly believe in.

One of Bielsa's biggest devotee is former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, who said that he took advice from the man himself before beginning his managerial career. 

Pep heavily researched Bielsa's methods and playing strategies before moving into management at Barcelona in 2007.

We'll not be seeing major changes in Barca's playing style under the new coach, but he'll surely bring a more intense style of pressing, an element of their game that have been gradually worn away last season.

If you are expecting Martino to change Barca's playing style completely, think again. 

His task will be to lead Barcelona in the same direction they have they have been on for the last few years.

 

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