Guardiola. “We don’t throw games away here”
Pep Guardiola is not treating Ceuta as a done deal despite winning the away leg, but instead intends to give the match all the attention it deserves.
Barcelona (FCB).- \u201CI don\u2019t want to fall into the trap of thinking we\u2019ve already done the job\u201D said the FC Barcelona manager ahead of Wednesday\u2019s match. Barça may have won 2-0 away against a lower category team but Guardiola insists that \u201Cwe don\u2019t throw games away here\u201D and that he and his players will be wanting to perform as well as they can.
It is crucial for Barça to play this game like any other and keep the right rhythm going. \u201CWe could think we have already done it, or we could think that we have got to do it. We have to play Copa del Rey matches seriously\u201D said Guardiola, adding that although the game with Ceuta shouldn\u2019t be too difficult, \u201Cit does involve a very high risk\u201D.
No need for motivation
Asked whether he needs to specially motivate his players for games like the one with Ceuta compared with others, Guardiola was emphatic. \u201CThey love playing and love football. These boys love playing football and as it\u2019s what they enjoy, they\u2019ll go out there and make an effort\u201D. Also, with the game kicking off at 22.00, he knows there aren\u2019t likely to be too many fans in the stadium, but he promised \u201Ca goo game for those who do come\u201D.
Sergi Roberto, man for the future
Among the five reserve players picked by Guardiola for the game with Ceuta is Sergi Roberto. The Barça has praised this player, about whom he said \u201Chis future perspectives are very good indeed. He\u2019s a youngster Luis Enrique has a lot of confidence in, and that\u2019s important in the reserves\u201D.
Nolito told to fight
Guardiola also spoke about Nolito, one of the stars of the Barça B side who is knocking on the first team door. Some have suggested that the player might be leaving, but Guardiola has said \u201CI\u2019d recommend him to fight to stay here. There is always a time to leave this place but there are few places better for him right now. \u2026 he should keep playing well and fighting for a place here.\u201D He reminded listeners that Barça is a club that likes to give its youth players a chance.
Guardiola wanted more reserves
Guardiola has named five reserves for the game with Ceuta. The cup rules only allow six reserve players in a squad, and just four on the pitch at any given time. The manager doesn\u2019t agree with the rule, saying \u201Cgames help young players develop.\u201D Guardiola said that if he had it his way, he would have used more reserve players for this match.