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Barcelona: Gerardo Martino backed by Cruyff

Martino has won the backing of Cruyff (©GettyImages)
Martino has won the backing of Cruyff (©GettyImages).

Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff believes that new Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino can emulate the successes of former managers Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola.

The virtually unknown Martino has taken the much-coveted Barcelona job, after Tito Vilanova stepped aside as manager due to health problems.

The 50-year-old Argentinian coached his hometown club Newell's Old Boys to the Argentinian title in his first season in charge of the club.

Many people see Martino as a coach that will keep their talisman Lionel Messi happy, after the world's best player admitted Martino is "a great coach".

Messi, who played for Newell's Old Boys as a youth, has experience working with Martino, and has praised the manager's ability of getting teams to integrate and play well together.

Despite having no experience in European football, Dutch legend Cruyff expects Martino to succeed in his new job.

Cruyff admitted to El 9 TV: "I do not really know Tata. I hardly know anything about him,"

"However, Rijkaard and Guardiola had not won anything either before they started at Barcelona and ended up being hugely successful. 

"I have no doubt Martino can follow the same path."

Martino will face a tough task of imitating the achievements Rijkaard and Guardiola accomplished. But if the legendary Cruyff believes in him, it would be hard not to concord. 

 

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