Guardiola: "it’s the most dangerous game of the season"
Pep Guardiola is not taking anything for granted ahead of Tuesday’s cup game against third division Ceuta and insisted today: “it may not be the most important game of the season, but it is the most dangerous”.
Barcelona (FCB).- Barça begin their campaign to regain the Spanish Cup when they travel to the North African enclave of Ceuta on Tuesday and Guardiola commented: \u201CIt\u2019s not a chore at all - I\u2019m looking forward to the game, When you play a team you don\u2019t know, you always pick up something new\u201D.
This is Guardiola\u2019s third Spanish Cup campaign as manager and he\u2019s well aware of how difficult these first round games can be. Referring to the games against Benidorm and Cultural Leonesa, he admitted: \u201Cthe first round is dangerous and there\u2019s a lot of potential for a slip up\u201D, adding, \u201Cit may not be the most important game of the season, but it is the most dangerous\u201D.
Confidence in the youngsters
The boss has picked six B team players for the trip, but he made it clear: \u201CI have every confidence in the team I\u2019m taking. It\u2019s the perfect game for this type of player. We need some fresh legs and the lads I\u2019m taking know all about these third division teams and know how tough it can be to go there and win\u201D.
Response to Ceuta President
Guardiola responded to the Ceuta President\u2019s remarks that he\u2019d shown \u201Ca lack of sensibility\u201D by not taking more of his World Cup Winners for the game, by explaining: \u201Cit was never our intention to show a lack of respect to anybody, especially in Ceuta where I know we have so many fans. However, we are all a part of Barça and it\u2019s me as manager who has to decide who I pick. The players who are staying behind have been involved in a lot of games and not had much time to train. They are not staying behind to rest, but to get some training in\u201D.
"Dani didn\u2019t provoke anything\u201D
Guardiola also defending his Brazilian full back Dani Alves after accusations that he\u2019d been play acting in order to provoke Ponzio\u2019s red card last Saturday: \u201Ceverybody has a different temperament and Alves can be a bit hot blooded at times, but he always behaves within the limits of good sportsmanship. If things happened that weren\u2019t right, we\u2019d be the first to tell him\u201D.