Newell's Old Boys captain Maxi Rodriguez has declared his belief that Gerardo Martino and Barcelona are a perfect match.
The former Liverpool winger, who spent one year working under Martino in the past, believes that the Blaugrana's new boss will be able to implement the correct philosophy and playing style at the Catalan club.
Martino led Newell's Old Boys to the Argentinian Clausura title last season, and the semi-finals of the Copa Libertdores where they narrowly lost on penalties to Atletico Mineiro. Rodriguez has revealed that Martino's ability to adapt to new situations will help him adjust to life at the Nou Camp with ease.
Martino's inexperience in European football has raised concern for many Barcelona fans, however Maxi Rodriguez is adamant the 50-year-old Argentinian will bring success to the La Liga side.
Rodriguez told AS: "Barca have got one of the best coaches that has come out of Argentina in recent times, with
out any doubt.
"Martino has always liked his teams to have the ball and play possession football, so he has a style of play that they are well used to seeing at the Camp Nou.
"His usual formation is a 4-3-3, although he can make interesting alternations. He allows players to change position and gives them freedom, but the only thing he asks is that you do what you were coached the previous week.
"He and his staff are simple people who adapt easily to any circumstance. I'm certain he is the ideal coach for Barcelona. Everyone can learn something important from him. He is a talker, he is close to his players, and he wants to listen in order to learn. Look how he changed the history of Newell's."
Maxi Rodriguez was also happy to credit the manager for changing the fortunes of Newell's since his arrival, and believes he can have a similar impact in Spain - albeit under different circumstances.
"When he arrived, the team were destined for relegation, which would have been a disaster. But all of us turned the situation around by believing in his message from day one and a few weeks ago on the streets of Rosario we celebrated winning the league title," concluded Maxi.
The pressure will be on Martino to deliver a second consecutive La Liga title for the Catalan club.
Martino will also be expected to progress deep into the latter stages of the Champions League, after their embarrassing 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the semi-final last season.
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