Gerardo Martino bringing back Barcelona intensity, says Xavi

Gerardo Martino's insistence on pressing high up the field was very evident in his only game at the Camp Nou so far as FC Barcelona destroyed Santos 8-0 in a friendly that formed part of the deal to bring Neymar to the Spanish champions.

updated: August 16, 2013 11:44 IST
  • Total Shares

Madrid: Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez believes his side will rekindle their intensity and pressing under the tutelage of new manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino.

The Argentine was appointed less than four weeks before Barca kick off the defence of their league title against Levante on Sunday, after Tito Vilanova had to resign due to on-going health problems.

However, Xavi believes the squad are adjusting well to Martino's methods and has backed the new coach to be a success despite his lack of managerial experience in Europe.

Show Full Article
  • Football
  • Uruguay
  • Brazil
  • Barcelona
  • Xavi