Tata denies the famous phrase he used about Messi back in 2014 when he was the head coach of Barcelona.
, back in 2014,
the former head coach ofBarcelona
told the president that he would dismiss him ifMessi
wants. It was former
Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta that claimed Martino had uttered the phrase, but the Rosario-born coach has since refuted the claim. “I never expressed those words,” he said.
“That phrase is the responsibility of the former Sporting Director Zubizarreta, from what I read, in a note to
Vicente Del Bosque
. In any case, if I had something to say, either now or before, I would have said it [to
]. Those words never came out of my mouth and I have nothing to say about it.”
refused to answer whether it was difficult to manage Messi, a hot topic after Quique Setién’s recent comments. “It’s a matter of the past. Now I am the coach of Mexico. I believe that people say and do things when we are in the place – after it has no validity.
“I already expressed myself in those moments and there is nothing that changes my opinion – my time with Barcelona passed a long time ago, and there’s nothing to add.”