Barcelona Coach Martino Steps Down After Losing Spanish League

Barcelona coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino stepped down from his position after ceding La Liga championship to Atletico Madrid.

“I regret that I couldn’t help the guys reach the goals that the club normally sets,” said Martino at a press briefing yesterday, according to a video on the club’s website. “Leading this team has filled me with great pride.”

La Liga was the last major soccer trophy left after Barcelona failed to reach the final of European Champions league and lost to Real Madrid in the final of the Spain’s Copa del Rey. Barcelona, which needed to beat Atletico Madrid to win La Liga, drew 1-1 in yesterday’s final match of the season.

Barcelona faces “profound changes,” Chairman Josep Maria Bartomeau said yesterday according to the soccer team’s website. “Some players won’t continue.”

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