Tata Martino: Atlanta United presented him with a plan and never deviated

Tata Martino's history in finals isn't very good, so going out as Atlanta United head coach with a championship was very important to him.

In recent years, he lost in the Copa America final three times -- 2011 with Paraguay and 2015 and 2016 with Argentina -- and lost the Argentine Superfinal with Newell's Old Boys in 2013 and Copa del Rey final with Barcelona in 2014. The only championship in his year with Barca -- it lost La Liga on the final day of the 2014 season -- came in the 2013 Spanish Supercopa.

But he was all smiles in celebrations after Atlanta United beat the Portland Timbers, 2-0, in MLS Cup 2018.

“We won one, so that is good," he said. "It has been a while."

Martino, who is expected to be named Mexico head coach this week, has always been uncomfortable comparing what he's accomplished in Atlanta to his other jobs.
“I do not want to compare it to other jobs that I have been at," he said, "but this club had a plan from the very beginning, from the first time we spoke in September 2016 in Rosario, and the important thing is this club never modified anything from those plans that they had told me, and that is very important. It is what makes this club very successful, is that the club had a plan and the directors have followed that plan to a T.”
Martino praised Atlanta United ownership and management for the tools he and his staff got to work with.

“The most satisfying thing for me is to be able to fulfill all the plans that the club presented to me at the beginning," he said. "I think we have got the best training facilities in the league. We have got the best team in the league, so as a club, they gave the coaching staff absolutely everything you need to be successful, and that is what makes it the most satisfying.”

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