Tata Martino: “The point is good but we deserved more”

Tata Martino at the San Siro / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Barça manager says that his team “lacked intensity in the first 15 minutes, the punishment was too severe”

Celtic defeat Ajax (2-1)

In the other Group H match, Celtic defeated Ajax in Celtic Park. Forrest scored from a penalty on 43 minutes and Kayal doubled the team’s lead ten minutes later. Ajax came within one in added time thanks to a strike from Schöne. With this result, Barça area leaders of the group on seven points, followed by Milan (5), Celtic (3) and Aja (1). Barça’s next rival in the Champions League are Milan, on November 6 at the Camp Nou.

Tata Martino will leave Milan knowning that his team could have claimed the three points. “It’s a good point but we deserved more. We only lacked intensity in the first 15 minutes and our punishment was too severe,” said the manager. Martino, despite being held to a draw in his team’s last two games (Osasuna and Milan), said that the team is growing: “Our play hasn’t gotten worse and I don’t think we’ve regressed.”

The manager also noted that Messi’s goal was possible because of the team’s “pressing and the direct style of play.” He added: “Against teams that close themselves off at the back it’s easier to score when you recover possession rather than doing short passes which gives your opponent time to reorganise.” He went on to say that “if we improve collectively, individual performances will also improve.” Finally he noted that Milan started off strong but that they “suffered when we had the ball.”

Now it’s time to focus on Madrid

Martino has closed the book on Milan and he’s opened the book on Real Madrid, Barça’s next rival in the league. The manager said that “I have no doubts on the team’s ability to perform. I would have liked to defeat Osasuna and Milan, but we’re doing well and we’re still growing.”