Revista: Gerardo Martino reveals his plans for success at the Nou Camp

Last Updated: 26/08/13 1:43pm

New Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino told Revista he will resist making any significant changes to the squad or their playing style as he aims to replicate the success of recent years.

The 50-year-old, who replaced Tito Vilanova last month, began his reign at the Nou Camp with a 7-0 victory over Levante in their Primera Division opener at the weekend.

Lionel Messi and Pedro both scored twice in the match while Alexis Sanchez, Dani Alves and Xavi were also on the scoresheet for the Spanish champions.

"We are in a situation with a team which, fairly recently, has achieved near perfection. We think we can contribute to this team and with the quality of players here, generate great expectations."

Gerardo Martino

Brazilian international Neymar - a 57m euro summer signing - also made his debut from the bench, in what was Barcelona's biggest ever opening day victory and a dream start for the new Barca boss.

However the former Newell's Old Boys and Paraguay coach will have many challenges ahead of him, such as integrating Neymar into the team without impeding Barca's unique style or agitating star players such as Messi, and ensuring they regain their place at the summit of European football.

In an interview with Revista, Martino was confident Barca can enjoy immediate success by preserving the playing style of recent seasons and placing the interests of established players at the centre of his vision for the team.

"The most important thing from our perspective is that we don't disappoint the players," Martino told Revista. "They will have expectations. They will be looking for people to collaborate with them.

"We want to provide them with the tools to allow them to meet their usual high standards. That is the fundamental element for me, not to disappoint the players and to convince them that, with the work we are doing and the quality which is already there, the results will come."

Great expectations

Martino took Paraguay to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2010, where they were beaten by eventual winners Spain, and then to runners-ups to Uruguay in the 2011 Copa America. He returned to his former club Newell's in 2012 and guided them to the Argentine Torneo final title.

Newell's were renowned for their easy-on-the-eye football in Argentina, according to Martino, and he is looking forward to carrying those principles into his work at Barcelona. And while he admits every approach depends on the talent available, he has little intention of tinkering with Barcelona's way which has led to such success in recent seasons.

"At Newell's we had a style of play which, separating ourselves from any comparisons, was attractive and enjoyable from a sporting perspective," he said.

"We became identified with this football. Wherever you go you have to work, adjust and essentially adapt the playing style to suit the squad you have available and the characteristics of the players you are managing.

"We are in a situation with a team which, fairly recently, has achieved near perfection. We think we can contribute to this team and with the quality of players here, generate great expectations.

"We are extremely excited and we want to transfer the enthusiasm and energy we have to the club. For most people already there, life is carrying on as usual. It is not the same for us."