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Martino resigns

Barcelona: FC Barcelona coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino resigned on Saturday after the Catalan side finished second to Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race.

“I would like to thank the club for putting their confidence in me and I am sorry that I was unable to deliver,” Argentine Martino told a news conference.

“The team fought to the end with lot of dignity.” Barcelona finished runners-up in La Liga after drawing 1-1 with champions Atletico in their final game of the season.

“I would like to congratulate Atletico they have done very well all through the season,” Martino added.

Barcelona exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, when they lost to Atletico Madrid.

They also lost to Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey. “I deeply regret not having achieved the goals that this club has always been set and achieved,” Martino added.

“These are great players. My greatest gratitude goes to the players. They have made me proud.”

Barca’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said: “We are grateful to ‘Tata’. This has been a tough season.”

Former Barcelona player Luis Enrique, who is to leave his role as Celta Vigo coach this summer, has been linked with replacing Martino.