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14.02.2009 23:01

Guardiola has no complaints

Vanessa Forns

After Barça came back to draw in a game they were losing 2-0, Josep Guardiola was pleased with the effort his players had put in, and claimed not to have any complaints.

Two Samuel Eto'o goals were enough to grab a draw at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, after Barça had gone 2-0 down. It was yet another excellent reaction to an adverse situation, and Josep Guardiola felt they had done well to salvage a point in Seville. “I have no complaints” he said after the match.

Pleased with players’ attitude

“I have no complaints. I cannot say we didn’t fight and didn’t make an effort. We kept going at all times. When a team behaves like Barça did, you can’t make any complaints”, said Guardiola, before adding that “I am worried if we fail because we played badly, but I don’t get that feeling”.

Positive image

Guardiola felt FC Barcelona had dominated the match. “We spent a lot of time in their half and they scored goals from isolated incidents.” He felt the players had looked in good shape and had left a good impression at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera. “I would have liked to have won, but that’s the way it goes. We got a point and you can’t take that away from us” he said.

Impressed with Betis

The Barça manager added that he had been impressed with what he had seen from Betis. “I want to congratulate Betis for the game they played. I expected an opponent like the one we got. It was an entertaining game, and the fans enjoyed it. We were up against a great team with some great players, who defended well. I hope they have a good end to their season”.

Set pieces

Once again Barça fell foul at set pieces but Guardiola responded that “I am not worried about dead ball situations, but I have made a note of what happened. Perhaps we were lacking tension defending free kicks, corners… Sometimes we let out attention slip, and were punished because of it. Winning is not easy. I have no complaints about the way we defended”.

Long way to go

Josep Guardiola also pointed out that “there are still 15 games to play, there is a lot of league ahead. … I have been saying it for a long time, we have to press on taking things step by step”.
Guardiola has no complaints
Silent squad
Barça failed to build on their nine-match winning streak on the road at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera. The failure to get three points out of the trip to Betis, said Pep Guardiola, was the reason why the players were not in the same buoyant mood as ever. “There was a silence in the dressing room. When we win everybody is happier. That’s a good sign”.

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