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Pep Guardiola: “The difference is the desire to be champion”

Barça manager Pep Guardiola believes that what wins a title is not fitness or tactics, but “the desire to be champions”. FC Barcelona will play against Villareal tomorrow, after Spanish League’s two week break.

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01 April 2011 07:41 PM

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Anna Segura

Barcelona (FCB).- Several days have passed since we heard from Pep Guardiola. After the international break, the FC Barcelona manager was at the Ciutat Esportiva today to speak about such matters as the game with Villarreal and the run in to end of the season. Said Guardiola \u201Cwe have done things well \u2026 we have competed very well, if we hadn\u2019t we wouldn\u2019t be where we are now\u201D.


Desire

Although many might suppose that fitness and tactics are what matter most, Pep Guardiola argues that \u201Cwhat makes the difference is the desire to be champion\u201D.

He also refuses to accept that the international break will have a negative effect on their performance against Villarreal. \u201CIt is not good for a big team to complain. It\u2019s just the way it is \u2026 We have to live with this and we have to try to compete as well as we can\u201D.

Villarreal dangerous

On Villarreal, Guardiola feels the side has consolidated their place in the league, and not just this season. \u201CThey have been among the top team for years \u2026 they are always difficult opponents\u201D.

Some are saying that this is the most decisive game of the league season, but Guardiola believes that there is \u201Canother that will be more important \u2026 we have to go to the Bernabéu and win again. We\u2019ll be trying to go there with as big a lead as we can\u201D.

Presence of Leo Messi

Guardiola is pleased that Messi \u201Chas played a lot of games and is not injured, that\u2019s a good sign\u201D but will have to wait before deciding what to do against Villarreal. \u201CFor him, Gaby and Mascherano, it has been a very tiring trip\u201D he said.

On the other injured players, Guardiola revealed that Pedro and Maxwell \u201Care better and this afternoon we\u2019ll see if they are ready or not\u201D while Puyol \u201Cis almost fit, but not quite yet\u201D.

Sandro Rosell\u2019s prediction

Guardiola also spoke about Sandro Rosell\u2019s comment, when presenting the Get Rid of Hunger campaign, where he predicted a 5-0 win in the Copa del Rey final. He said that the idea of collecting as much as food as possible \u201Cis a brilliant idea\u201D but on his comment about the final, Guardiola said \u201Che has given me his arguments, but if you want my opinion, that could have been avoided \u2026 It is a charitable cause and the better the result, the more there will be for people in need \u2026 the president has behaved impeccably since the members elected him\u201D.

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  • FC Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola at today's press conference (by FC Barcelona)

  • FC Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola at today's press conference (by FC Barcelona)