Guardiola answers Mourinho
FC Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola gave Jose Mourinho’s comments about him short shrift at tonight’s pre-match press conference. Guardiola also insisted that Barça would go into the game at the Real Madrid’s Bernabeu: “proud to defend style of play”. Besides, Guardiola confirmed Iniesta's injury.
Madrid (FCB).- Guardiola replied to the Real Madrid coach\u2019s earlier comments by declaring: \u201Csince he has chosen to to talk about me, I\u2019ll do the same - tomorrow we\u2019ll face each other on the pitch at 20.45. He\u2019s won his games off the pitch and I\u2019ll give him his personal Champions for that - just take it home and enjoy it. We can come up with plenty of examples too, but there\u2019s no end to it, so tomorrow we are simply going to go out onto the pitch and play. I don\u2019t want to compete with him in a press room \u2013he\u2019s the boss at that \u2013 a magician and I don\u2019t want to play at making insinuations about him all the time\u201D.
\u201CWe can\u2019t fight his media supporters\u201D
Guardiola\u2019s comments came in reply to Mourinho\u2019s complaints about the Barça manager\u2019s observations after the Spanish Cup final: \u201CI\u2019m not going to justify my comments \u2013I simply congratulated Madrid after the final. If you think that his allegation that I always complain about the refs is true after you\u2019ve all heard me over the last 3 years, well there\u2019s nothing I can do. Off the pitch, against his media supporters, there\u2019s nothing we can do to fight that\u201D.
Guardiola\u2019s disgust was heightened by the fact that the two worked together for four years when the Portuguese man was at Barcelona. The boss also referred to Sergio Ramos\u2019s comments: \u201CI saw them. It\u2019s something his club told him to say. I\u2019ve seen it before with Mourinho, he did it at Chelsea and now he\u2019s doing it here\u201D.
Confidence in the squad
Turning to the game itself, Guardiola confirmed the injury to Andres Iniesta and explained: \u201Cwe hope to have him back for the second leg. It may change the way we go into the game \u2013 we\u2019ll have to see. Maybe Madrid will finish with 10 men, but we will start with 11. I\u2019m confident about the players we have. We are coming here proud to defend our style of play, with 12 home grown players and set to face a team in the semi finals who have 9 European Cups and seven great forwards\u201D.
Tough tie ahead
Guardiola called the fourth successive semi final appearance of FC Barcelona: \u201Ca gift\u201D and went on to forecast: \u201Ca very tough tie for both teams. It\u2019ll be like the Inter game last year, the recent league game and the Cup Final. I\u2019ve come here plenty of times and if you come to defend, they\u2019ll destroy you. You can only dominate them by playing\u201D. Finally, Guardiola commented: \u201CI\u2019ve never seen such an aggressive Real Madrid team\u201D, as well as revealing: \u201Cthe grass on the pitch is still long, but that\u2019s what there is and we will go out and play on it\u201D.