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16.04.2011 23:58

Guardiola: "With the Final coming up, the draw is a good result for us"

Anna Segura

Guardiola believes that the draw in Madrid is positive in terms of preparation for the Spanish Cup Final. The Barça manager also acknowledged that the draw was a very good result for "bringing us closer to the the most important title of the year".

Photos: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)
Photos: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)

Bartomeu: "Mathematically the League is still on, despite drawing here"
Barça’s Vice President of the sporting sections, Josep Maria Bartomeu, was satisfied with the draw in Madrid: "It was the type of thrilling match that attracts the fans. The draw is a fair result, although we'd have liked to have won." The FC Barcelona director knows that the draw is important in terms of winning the title, but "mathematically the League is not won, despite drawing here". With the first “clásico” behind them they can now concentrate on Wednesday's Cup Final. Bartomeu said that "the Cup will be totally different because it’s a single match. A draw is no good".
During the press conference prior to tonight's match, Pep Guardiola warned that Real Madrid was "a top team", and he repeated that in the press room at the Bernabéu when he affirmed that "we’re very happy. Coming here and not losing is a good result. Madrid is a top, top, team".

A step towards the championship

2011-04-16_PARTIDO_16.JPG"There are six games to go and we’ll try to win every game to be league champions”. Pep Guardiola knows that with the draw in Madrid the league title is a little closer, but he doesn’t want to hear the idea of Barça being champions already, "We are not champions yet, there are 18 points to play for, against teams that are playing for their lives”. In this sense Guardiola again reminded everybody that "there’s still a lot of battling and running to be done. I still think the game against Osasuna will be the toughest". Having said all that, he hasn’t forgotten that "we are closer to the season’s most important title”.

Good test before the Cup

Although from the first moment Guardiola wanted to differentiate between the League, Cup and Champions League games against Real Madrid, the Barça manager learned a few things prior to the Cup Final on Wednesday. "In terms of the Final, the draw is very good for us..... I’m really satisfied with my players behaviour" he said.

"We did very few things wrong"

Still talking about the game in Madrid, Guardiola said that "we did very few things wrong, we had the game under control and maybe we should have gone forward more after the 1-0”.

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