FC BARCELONA players have defended boss Gerardo Martino after a fan and media backlash following Saturday’s disappointing loss to Granada.

Captain Carles Puyol has insisted they are backing their Argentine coach ‘to the death’.

That defeat, which leaves their title hopes very faint, followed a devastating Champions League exit to Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid – who currently lead La Liga.

“I don’t think there needs to be a revolution depending on the results,” said Puyol, who is due to retire this summer.

“You have to have a working method, not just according to whether you win one or two trophies.

“The team is hungry, it wants to win and keep making history.”

But there is still hope for the Catalan giants to salvage something from this season, with the Copa del Rey final against bitter rivals Real Madrid tomorrow in Valencia.


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