Martino confident Rosell controversy won't affect Barcelona players

Barcelona coach Tata Martino is confident the players won't allow Sandro Rosell's resignation as president affect their on-field performance.

Barca meet Malaga later today.

“It was a moment to focus on football and make sure the squad was in good spirits. I tried to isolate myself a bit and focus on the players. We have to give our response on the pitch,” said Martino, who confirmed he had spoken with the former president and believed that his resignation “is not good news”.

However, he stated that he is equally comfortable with the new president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

“I don’t feel in a weaker position. The new president and Zubizarreta are the two people I’ve spoken to most since I’ve been here.

“I know this squad. They enjoy playing for this club. They want to win, to play well, respect a style and try to win."

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