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Guardiola: “The only option is to win” against Real Madrid

FC Barcelona Manager notes that their only objective against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou is to “win to prolong the competition.” He adds: “if they win or draw, the Liga is theirs”. Guardiola considers that, whatever the result is, that “Barça have already won,” in regards to how well the team have played in recent years. The manager warns of the dangers that Real Madrid bring to the match: “they dominate all aspects of the game ... they’ll come out to win”.

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21 April 2012 03:18 PM

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Vanessa Forns

Barcelona (FCB).- Josep Guardiola believes that the team that wins on Saturday (20h CET) \u201Cwill be reinforced ahead of next week\u2019s Champions League round.\u201D The manager held a press conference on Friday evening, 24 hours before the match. He is convinced that no matter what the result is, that after the match \u201Cwe have to adapt to another decisive match and think about how we can attack and defend against Chelsea to get to the final.\u201D


Josep Guardiola was very clear, if FC Barcelona does not win the three points against Real Madrid on Saturday, \u201Cthe league will have a new champion.\u201D The manager, who is convinced that Mourinho\u2019s team \u201Cwill try to win the match,\u201D reminded the press room that even if Barça win the three points that \u201Cthe competition will still be in Madrid\u2019s hands.\u201D Guardiola gave his word that his team will come out onto the pitch tomorrow with one goal in mind: \u201Cto attack.\u201D The manager promised that his team will play the match \u201Cwith tranquility and the peace of mind knowing that they\u2019ve already done their work, without reproach.\u201D

Guardiola is very clear that FC Barcelona must win on Saturday: \u201Cour only option is to win, we have a very small chance and we must try to take it. If it doesn\u2019t work out we\u2019ll have a new champion and we\u2019ll regroup and prepare well for next season. It wasn\u2019t too long ago that we were very far from the leaders. Now we\u2019re in a luxurious position after gaining a bit of ground, frankly we had not imagined [that we\u2019d be this close]. We have the chance to prolong the competition.\u201D

\u201CMadrid have very few weak points\u201D

Guardiola, on the type of game he anticipates from Real Madrid, believes that the team from the Spanish capital will come to the Camp Nou \u201Cto pressure and try to win the match.\u201D He added: \u201Cthey\u2019ll take advantage of space when they get the chance, it\u2019s one of their strongest virtues.\u201D Guardiola went on to define the team led by Mourinho in the following way: \u201Cthey always create danger, they are a very complete side. They dominate all aspects of the game - they have enormous power. Weak points, they have very few, because they have multiple ways of playing. They have an indecent amount of goals with five games remaining. We have to play our game, and that won\u2019t be easy. We have to find the way to overcome them and score goals.\u201D

When asked about the morale of his team after the defeat at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola said that \u201Cthey will be fine on Saturday.\u201D He added: \u201Cin their minds they know that only one thing matters, and that\u2019s to win. I\u2019ve always told them that the game they are about to play, is the game they have to go out and attack. Tomorrow we\u2019ll try to do what has been habitual for us this whole time.\u201D

On whether or not Alexis, who received a knock in London, will be available, Guardiola said that the player is \u201Cdoubtful.\u201D

With peace of mind

Whatever the result is, Guardiola said that his team \u201Chave fulfilled\u201D expectations. \u201CWe have done a good job, and no one can hold anything against us. We\u2019ve fulfilled our work dutifully. Whatever happens, we have already won, the people have once again enjoyed how we\u2019ve played. The only thing that can be expected of us is to maintain the drive to fight until the end. That\u2019s what we\u2019re doing.\u201D

The Barça manager also said that he wants to \u201Cwin tomorrow and overturn the result against Chelsea. If we don\u2019t do it we\u2019ll be disappointed, but sports have shown me that winning isn\u2019t everything. There are a lot of things that are more important. To the people that give it their all... seeing the trajectories of Rayo Vallecano or Levante, we can\u2019t consider them losers. Their work has a lot of value. We should be very satisfied with how things were done these past years, of how well we\u2019ve behaved.\u201D

Morale boost ahead of the Champions League

Josep Guardiola believes that the team that wins tomorrow \u201Cwill be reinforced ahead of next week\u2019s Champions League round.\u201D The manager is convinced that no matter what the result is, that after the match \u201Cwe have to adapt to another decisive match and think about how we can attack and defend against Chelsea to get to the final.\u201D

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  • Barça Manager, Pep Guardiola, on Friday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)

  • Barça Manager, Pep Guardiola, on Friday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)