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10.03.2009 14:21

“It will be like a real final”

Edgar Fornós

FC Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola has said that “the game with Olympique Lyon will be like a real final. We can’t make any mistakes, if we do, we’ll suffer for it”.

Barça have the chance to qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League against Olympique Lyon. They have a slight advantage after drawing away, but Guardiola is not getting carried away. “We have to go full out from the first minute. If we try speculating, they can do us big damage. The main objective is to score early on”.

Danger from set pieces

10-03-09_WEB_GUARDIOLA_02.jpgGuardiola knows that set pieces are a real danger with Lyon. “They are situations that can’t be defended. We have to prevent them from getting near to our area and especially avoid making unnecessary fouls. Juninho is very dangerous at taking free kicks and we have to be very careful”.

“Attack, the best form of defence”

The Barça manager has plans for dealing with the French outfit. “The best form of defence is attack. The aim is not to let them out of their half of the pitch and not let them keep the ball, If you let Olympique play, its very dangerous. They have very fast players like Benzema, Keita, Ederson and Delgado”.

Lyon’s merit

As in the first leg, Josep Guardiola commented on how well Lyon are doing. “They are a side that have changed managers and many of the players but keep winning titles, that’s of incredible merit. That is the result of a job very well done.”
“It will be like a real final”

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Special plans
The team will gather at Hotel La Florida, on Tibidabo mountain, a complex that is away from the hub of Barça, and which will offer them a quiet evening. “We decided to get the team together, as there is a lot at stake. The level of the opposition and the chance to get into the quarters of the Champions League led me to that decision” explained Guardiola.

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