Guardiola: “we’ll have to put in a very good performance”
Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Pep Guardiola has insisted that Copenhagen will pose a very different threat from Seville: “it’s a different competition and a completely different game – we`ll have to put in a very good performance”.
Barcelona (FCB).- Guardiola knows full well that the Danes have made a great start to their season and saw enough of them at the Nou Camp to affirm: \u201Cwe\u2019re up against a very strong team and it\u2019ll be a tough game in all senses of the word\u201D.
The boss clearly has plenty of respect for the Danish Champions and reckons: \u201Cthey are physically very strong and they know what to do both in attack and defence. They are a tough prospect playing at home and they have a lot of things that we need to keep an eye on. On a technical, tactical and concentration level, we\u2019ll have to put in a very good performance\u201D.
If the other result in the group goes right, Barça could have qualification wrapped up with a win on Tuesday and Guardiola, who insisted it was no easy thing to get through the group stages, admitted: \u201Cwe know that a win would be a big step to ensuring qualification for the next round and that would allow us to ease up until February in Europe, which would give us some relief on other fronts\u201D. However the boss didn\u2019t want to hear about how a win would help him prepare for the clash with Real Madrid, insisting: \u201Cthere are plenty of games before then\u201D.
Although Xavi got through most of the game against Seville and felt fine after the game, Guardiola was cautious about his Spanish midfielder: \u201Cit\u2019s better to be watchful and careful. His problem isn\u2019t totally sorted \u2013we\u2019ve taken a step in the right direction, but we have to keep working to make sure he doesn\u2019t slip back\u201D.