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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Martino has 'worries' despite record

Gerardo Martino has admitted to his concern despite his Barcelona side maintaining their perfect start to the season on Saturday.

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Barca beat Real Valladolid 4-1 to make it eight wins from as many Primera Divisions games, but did so after going a goal behind.

Javi Guerra put the visitors in front, meaning Martino's men had to respond through two goals from Alexis Sanchez and strikes from Xavi and Neymar.

It was the first time the champions have fallen behind this season and Martino is keen for his players to iron out their imperfections.

"In general, we lacked intensity in the first phase of the first half, they got behind us and we didn't pressure enough,'' he told reporters.

"What happened needs to be corrected because we won't always be able to fight back. Conceding goals from set-pieces is one of our current worries.''

He did add, though: "I really liked the second half the team put in.''

With Lionel Messi on the sidelines through injury, Barcelona required some of their other leading names to rescue the situation at the Camp Nou.

They extended the club's best-ever start to a season in the process and Martino said: "I'm always an optimist when it comes to my job, but it's not easy to find such optimal results. It's time to enjoy this as the manager of this team.

"Neymar played equally well on the right, left and centre; his secret lies in how good he is. Neymar's adaptation allows him to have a large margin of improvement. He has a hierarchy that's hard to find in players.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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