Atletico Madrid Win La Liga, Tata Steps Down

 

When FC Barcelona striker Alexis powered in a thunderbolt of a shot from an almost impossible angle, to set the scores at Barca 1, Atletico Madrid 0, the fans at Camp Nou and around the world dared to dream that they would end a difficult season as champions after all. However it was not to be. Diego Godin's powerful header from a corner in the 49th minute was enough to claim the draw that the Madrid team needed to seal a victorious season, their first La Liga title since 95/96.

It's a fantastic achievement for the capital's second team, and one they could possible add to when they contest the Champions League final against arch-rivals Real Madrid later this month. It is also the first time a team other than Real or Barca have won La Liga since Valencia managed it in 2003/4.

For one man, Barcelona's failure to end the season with any trophy was particularly tragic as the amenable Gerardo "Tata" Martino chose to step down from his managerial role with the Catalan giants after just one year at the helm.

"I announce the mutual decision with the Club to no longer manage FC Barcelona," after thanking the president for the opportunity he went on to thank both the fans and the players, before expressing his regret at not being able to add to the legacy of the club. "I profoundly lament the fact that I was not able to help the players to achieve the objectives of the Club. We tried with dignity."

The full statement was released on Barcelona's official website.

Source: Barcelona Life

May.19.2014

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