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Tata Martino believes Camp Nou spirit will fetch title

13 May 2014 [08:45] - TODAY.AZ
The Argentine has admitted that his side have been below-par this season but feels that a raucous home atmosphere next week can see it end in success.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has called upon the club's fans to help the team deliver the Liga title when they host Atletico Madrid next week.

The Catalans sit three points behind the capital club but can clinch the Primera Division crown on head-to-head if they beat Diego Simeone's men at Camp Nou next Sunday.

Martino believes that the fans could be key but has admitted that he was left frustrated by the 0-0 draw with Elche this weekend.

"We’re going to need the fans’ support. And because, in short, it’s been a season where we haven’t shone and with the fans behind us we can win the league," he told reporters.

"In light of the other results we’ll take the draw. But it’s not what we wanted. Before the game we thought it wouldn’t be enough, but the other results leave us with a chance.

"We were always waiting to hear, particularly in the second half. We found it hard to break the deadlock.

"[Gerard] Pique calmed everyone down when he said the Atletico game had finished.

"At the end we didn’t know if we were taking too many risks or if they scored it would take us out of the race.

"I don’t know if we were lacking something but we gave it everything to win.”



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