Barcelona Battler Javier Mascherano Backs New Boss Gerardo Martino to Succeed Despite Lack of European Experience

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Gerardo Martino was unveiled as Barcelona’s new manager on Friday.

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Javier Mascherano believes that Gerardo Martino’s lack of experience in European football will not be an issue for Barcelona, reports.

Martino was unveiled as Barcelona’s new manager on Friday and his first job in European football will arguably be the biggest in the continent.

The 50 year old replaces Tito Vilanova as Barcelona manager after the Spaniard stepped down from his role at the Nou Camp to concentrate on his battle with cancer.

Mascherano feels that Vilanova’s replacement will be able to adapt his winning formula in South America for Barcelona.

He told reporters: “I did not know much about Martino, but he has a 15-year coaching career, most of the time spent with the Paraguay national team – and he achieved good results there”.

“I have never worked with him, so I do not know what to expect, but from what I’ve seen he has changed the way Newell’s play”.

“Martino plays the same system that we play. Each coach has their nuances, but the idea is the same.”

Barcelona have strengthen their squad this summer by signing Brazilian striker Neymar for £49.2 million but Mascherano believes that the club still need to sign more players to compete with Real Madrid next season.

“We have done some good with the likes of Neymar, but we should improve further”.

“We have to create competition within the squad, with new people coming in wanting to compete and win things”.

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