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'Champs League Exit Failure For Barca'

Gerardo Martino has defended his superstar, Lionel Messi, after reports emerged the Argentinian had only run 6.8 kilometre in the defeat at Vicente Calderon.

The Argentina forward only covered 1.5 kilometre more than Barcelona goalkeeper, Jose Pinto, but his coach was more concerned about the few chances Messi’s teammates created for their top scorer.

"I'm not bothered by whether Leo runs 10, 15 or 20 kilometres,” the Barcelona boss said.

“What concerns me is him getting the service he needs to decide matches. It's one thing when you have the chances to score, but it's quite another when you don't.”

Martino also confirmed that the Champions League exit is a personal failure after Barcelona had reached the last six consecutive semi-finals, but insisted his team hasn’t lost their way.

“For a team that’s normally used to winning, the defeat is a failure,” he continued.

“But that’s down to a strictly personal point of view.”

"The Champions League defeat was very painful for me, but I don't need anyone to pump me up again. I just have to focus on the competitions we're still in.

"I wouldn't say we've lost our way. We've played well much more often than we've played badly.”

Barcelona are still in the race for the La Liga title and will face Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final next Wednesday.

Do you trust Martino and Barcelona to finish the season with some silverware? Have your say in the comment section below.

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