Barcelona boss praises Neymar after Super Cup win

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Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has admitted he was under pressure to win his first trophy at the Camp Nou and has heaped praise on Neymar.

Martino, who replaced Tito Vilanova in the summer, saw his side win the Spanish Super Cup last night as his new side defeated Atletico Madrid on away goals.

Last night's match finished goalless, however Barcelona picked up the trophy thanks to Neymar's first leg goal at the Vicente Calderon.

Speaking of his side's narrow win over Atletico, Martino told FourFourTwo magazine: "(The) first thing we wanted to do was win this cup.

"Barcelona have won this trophy so many times but to me, I am a new coach (but) it wasn't the same to win or not to win.

"I lived (this match) with a lot of intensity, I took a breath after the match for a while to calm me down.

"I always try to be the same way because I think everything happening in football is because of the players."

The Argentine was particularly impressed with Barcelona new boy Neymar, who started his first competitive match for his new side since his £49million move from Santos.

Speaking of Neymar's performance, Martino added: "I think Neymar's performance was really good and I didn't realise at any moment of the match he was tired because he kept fighting he tried his best.

"I wanted to change him and I wanted him to play 90 minutes and above all in a match with such an intensity."

The match was a feisty affair as Atletico had two players sent off during the course of the match.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty shortly after Atletico went down to 10 men as the Argentine superstar smacked his penalty against the bar.

However Barcelona held on for Martino and Neymar to win their first trophy at their new club.

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