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Barça Manager: “The most important game is against Levante”

Just one week before they face Real Madrid, FC Barcelona Manager, Josep Guardiola, refused to discuss the clásico. Instead he preferred to focus on the next Spanish League game at the Camp Nou against a solid and physical team: the Levante.


02 December 2011 06:13 PM


Roger Bogunyà

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça Manager, Josep Guardiola, likes to take each game as it comes and is making no exception this time. \u201CThe most important match is always the next one, against Levante.\u201D Just one week before FC Barcelona face Real Madrid, Guardiola refused to discuss the clásico at this Friday's press conference. He wants his team \u201Cto stay as consistent as possible\u2026 it all comes down to one thing, playing your game and trying to win\u2026 I don\u2019t want to waste my time talking about things that don\u2019t depend on us\u201D he added.

Nothing unusual about being second

Neither is the manager too concerned that Barça are currently second in the Spanish League\u2019s table. \u201CYou can always get behind in sport\u201D he said. \u201CWhen you are behind, you must have the ambition of trying to catch the leader. It\u2019s normal. Sometimes you can\u2019t do it, but if we weren\u2019t trying, we\u2019d be doing wrong. However, that is not the case. There is nothing odd about being behind such a strong team.\u201D He pointed out that FC Barcelona have often being in positions other than first, as is the case right now.

Chance to extend gap

Guardiola\u2019s main concern, however, is Levante, who are fourth and just two points behind Barça. \u201CThey were a strong, physical side last year\u201D he said. \u201CThey started the season well and that\u2019s taken off some of the pressure. But this is a good chance for us to build a gap between us and them.\u201D He also likes the way that Levante have so many players that have been in the Spanish championship for so long.

Up to committees

Guardiola was also asked to comment on the yellow card that Gerard Piqué got against Rayo Vallecano, which means he will be suspended against Levante, but will be able to play at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. \u201CIf the Competition Committee had decided he should get two games, then he would have been rested for two. If they said three, it would be three. We go by whatever the Committee decides. We always have\u201D Guardiola insisted. He also said that in training sessions they never talk about getting yellow cards deliberately or resting players in case they get them. \u201CIf we did that, then I would never have played Alves in the Champions League when we still hadn\u2019t secured top spot\u201D he observed.


  • Pep Guardiola at this Friday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)

  • Pep Guardiola at this Friday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)