Pep Guardiola was delighted with FC Barcelona's display against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening and believes that everyone should appreciate just how good the football that they are playing really is.
The Blaugrana boss could not hide his pleasure following the 5-0 triumph that came thanks to goals
from Lionel Messi (2), David Villa, Andrés Iniesta and Bojan Krkic two weeks after the win over
Real Madrid. "After beating your main rivals and with all the compliments we have had, I think that
there is a danger of letting our guard down," Guardiola explained. "But each time these players
teach us a lesson. I do not want to hand out praise easily, but I think we should be conscious of
what this team is doing. We are privileged to be present for this."
Barça have scored 26 goals with conceding any in their last seven matches, but Guardiola does
not want to consider the team to be perfect. "The things that we do not do well we will improve
upon with hard work and unity," he continued. "We no longer find it necessary to tell the players
what they have to do. They already know."
Pedro shone in the game against la Real and Guardiola has been pleased
with his recent performances. "It is better that not all the headlines are about Pedro," the coach
said. "He feels more comfortable like that. He does what he does and does not want all the
attention. If everyone put in the effort he does then that would make us incredibly difficult to
Looking ahead to the visit to Espanyol next weekend Guardiola added: "I have immense respect
for Espanyol. What (Mauricio) Pochettino has done is incredible. They play very good football and
they are dynamic. We have struggled against them in recent seasons and that is because they do
things well. We know they are unbeaten at home and this could be our most difficult away game."
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Bartomeu: "The team played very well"
Josep Maria Bartomeu, the FC Barcelona vice president for the sporting area, was pleased with the
team's triumph against Real Sociedad. "We have played very well," he said. "We began the game with
eight homegrown players." Looking at the league statistics Bartomeu did not want to become carried
away. "They are numbers and the season is very long," he added. "One must be prudent and enjoy each