Spanish Super Cup: Gerardo Martino dedicates Barcelona win against Atletico Madrid to Tito Vilanova
New manager praises his predecessor, who stood down amid a battle with cancer
Thursday 29 August 2013
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino dedicated his side's Spanish Super Cup triumph to his predecessor Tito Vilanova, who was forced to resign from the role in the summer as he continues his battle with cancer.
The Catalans reclaimed the trophy they lost last year to Real Madrid after defeating Atletico Madrid on away goals, earning a goalless draw at the Nou Camp a week after the first leg at the Vicente Calderon ended 1-1.
Lionel Messi missed a late penalty in a game of few chances, while Atleti defender Filipe Luis was sent off for an off-the-ball challenge on Dani Alves with 10 minutes remaining.
Barcelona had qualified for the Super Cup by winning the Primera Division title last season under the guidance of Vilanova, notching up a club record of 100 points in the process.
Martino was named as Vilanova's successor in July and gave all the credit for winning his first trophy as Barca boss to the Catalan coach.
He said: "The fact Barcelona won the trophy does not change anything, this triumph came about because of what happened last year. In the end I ended up winning it because of an unfortunate turn of events.
"This trophy belongs to the players, to Tito Vilanova and the rest of the coaching staff."
Martino said that winning the trophy was the most important thing for his side, but acknowledged that the victory was not the most memorable, and admitted there was a lot of room for improvement.
"When you are playing for a trophy, winning is all that counts," he said.
"You are known as the champions no matter how you won it, even though there is less splendour to the victory.
"We would have liked to have played with more speed and precision, and to have attacked the spaces better. But the season has just started and this isn't bad at all."
Despite walking away from Barcelona empty handed, Atletico boss Diego Simeone was positive about his side's performances over the two legs.
"We have ended up with nothing, but we have shown that we are growing as a team," he said.
"I'm proud of my team and have nothing to worry about. The players did what the club needed them to do."
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: Unhappy forward is ready to quit Real Madrid, according to Angel Di Maria
Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia launch Glasgow swimwear - but are criticised for drawing attention to the 'crotch' area
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Hull City vs West Ham match report: Enner Valencia stars as honours shared at the KC Stadium
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid star is 'fed up'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke