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Gerardo Martino is heralding a bright new era for Barcelona.
Gerardo Martino has got everyone at Camp Nou excited.
The loss of Tito Vilanova from his managerial post now seems little more than an unfortunate blip, so seamlessly has the Argentine taken to his new role.
Martino has stamped his authority all over this Barcelona side with a minimum of fuss and fanfare.
By substituting Lionel Messi during the Levante game and leaving Neymar on the bench, the manager sent a subtle, but precise, message to his players.
B/R's Guillem Balague alludes to the same here.
Although Levante weren't the strongest of opposition, the way in which the Blaugrana dismantled their opponents left observers harking back to the early stages of the Pep Guardiola era.
The forward pressing was back, the urgency was there and the desire had returned—Martino has each player hungry again, and that is a precious commodity for a football manager.
Alves will do well to service his manager's needs accordingly. If required, there will be no hesitation from the bench to switch around personnel if it's for the good of the team.