“We’ll put out the best team we can”
Josep Guardiola has said that the team is entirely focused on the Champions League game with Panathinaikos, and has promised that he won’t be conditioning his selection by the forthcoming Madrid match.
Barcelona (FCB).- He made it clear that \u201Cwe haven\u2019t qualified yet\u201D and that they are in a difficult and demanding competition in which they will have produce the best game they can to get the all-important win in Greece.
The clàsico forgotten
Guardiola will not be conditioning his side against Panathinaikos by the big Barça v Madrid on Monday. \u201CWe\u2019ll put out the best team we can. We haven\u2019t qualified yet and we want to top the group. It isn\u2019t hard to forget the clásico, because it\u2019s what we did the last two years, and there\u2019s plenty of time to relax and get ready for it the right way.\u201D
The biggest handicap could be the change of head coach at the Greek club. \u201CThe new manager means Panathinaikos are an unpredictable team. I don\u2019t know much about how they\u2019ll play under Mister Ferreira, and that\u2019s an added problem. We will have to be ready to react. I\u2019d like more references, but I don\u2019t have them, so I\u2019ll have to use my intuition and adapt.\u201D
Need to qualify
The Barça boss made it clear that his utmost priority is to get FC Barcelona into the second round of the Champions League, and even better as group winners, because that ensures playing the return leg at home.
Statistics to be broken
Amazingly, Barcelona have only won once in their last 11 Champions League away games. Josep Guardiola said \u201Cthat shows how tough this competition is. Neither should you forget that we won it two years ago, and were semi finalists last time, so we haven\u2019t done that badly.\u201D