By Basil Afoni
The Cameroonian midfielder’s own goal at the 32nd minute contributed to its side’s nightmare at the Real Sociedad stadium at Anoeta.
The Cameroonian put on a shaky display and also looked slow and weighty when moving, while not providing the requisite accuracy with his distribution.
The 3-1 defeat suffered by Barcelona, brought the Catalan club back down to Earth.
Martino, who was sent to the stands for calling the assistant a pelotudo (Argentine slang for idiot), conceded he got it wrong tactically. “My reading of the game wasn’t up to what the match demanded,” the Argentine admitted.
“Perhaps delaying the change [Fabregas for Song] was a mistake, but the two goals came close together.” And he added, with some irony: “Rotation is great, just as long as the results are good.”
Barca have failed to beat Real Sociedad at Anoeta in La Liga since 2007. The defeat sees Real Madrid go three points clear at the top of the table.