“We have to win this point”, says Guardiola the day Barça have the first opportunity to win the League
FC Barcelona need just one point to mathematically win the Spanish League title, but Guardiola says “we need to be well prepared mentally because you have to win points, they don’t give them away”. However, if Real Madrid does not win all the 9 points still to be decided, Barça will become this year’s champion.
Barcelona (FCB).- This the first match ball for Barça. In fact, if Real Madrid do not win this Tuesday evening against Getafe, Barça will be champions anyway and Wednesday\u2019s game with Llevant will be purely academic. But FC Barcelona\u2019s coach Pep Guardiola is not resting on his laurels, saying \u201Cit seems as if we\u2019ve already got the point, but we haven\u2019t\u201D. \u201CWe have to win this point\u201D, concluded Guardiola.
Guardiola knows he has no control over what Madrid might do against Getafe, so all he can do is ensure his team is \u201Cwell prepared mentally because you have to win points, they don\u2019t give them away\u201D.
Guardiola doesn\u2019t think the League campaign has been any harder than his first two as manager, and thinks people are only saying that because the events are fresher on the mind. \u201CIt was hard every year\u201D he said, and added that he really didn\u2019t think they\u2019d be eight points clear at this stage of the season. \u201CI thought it would be decided in Malaga\u201D he said.
Careful with Llevant
Whatever happens to Madrid, Pep expects a tough test in Valencia on Wednesday night against a side that was in danger of relegation for some time. But now \u201Cthey are almost safe \u2026 they deserve top honours for what they have done this season.\u201D
Piqué one of the best
Guardiola also spoke about Gerard Piqué, who got the second goal on Sunday night against Espanyol. \u201CHe has been one of the club\u2019s best signings and they did the right thing bringing him back. They sensed his potential, especially Txiki and Tito, who first saw him as a youth player. He has been surprisingly competitive, especially in big matches \u2026 this last month and a half he has been one of the best centre backs in the world\u201D.
Guardiola also refuses to accept the criticism on David Villa for his low scoring records in the last two months. \u201CThere is never a game in which he doesn\u2019t get into goalscoring positions. He always generates them.\u201D Guardiola feels Villa has been a fundamental part of the team this season, and highlighted his ability to create space. \u201CNext season, he\u2019ll be more comfortable because the first year is never easy at this club\u201D.
A living club
Guardiola was delighted that there were more than 96,000 applications for tickets to go to the Champions League Final at Wembley on May 28th. He stated that this shows how much \u201Cthis club is alive\u201D.
\u201CDream Team\u201D inimitable
Although Guardiola\u2019s Barça has set record after record and is eclipsing some of the finest teams that FC Barcelona has ever had, the manager does not think his players could ever equal what the Cruyff\u2019s \u201CDream Team\u201D did. \u201CNo matter how many titles we win, they can never be equalled, because they were the pioneers. You can never equal what they did because they were the generation that ended that long period without winning, and created this continuity both in style and titles\u201D.