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13.04.2009 20:00

“We need to score a goal”

Roger Bogunyà

Josep Guardiola admits the 4-0 score from the first leg is good for Barça but thinks the Catalans “need to attack and score a goal”.

“If we do it the semi-finals will be close,” said Barça’s manager at his pre-match press conference. “It’d be a mistake to go out and sit back. This is a tough ground to come to and I have a lot of respect for Bayern Munich.” If Barça do score, the Germans will need six to go through.


For Guardiola it’s all a question of mindset. “We’re strong when we go out to win games,” he argued. “I want the team to go out and attack and try to score and keep the game in their half.” He doesn’t want his players thinking about the first leg 4-0 result.

“Bayern’ll go for it”

13-04-09_GUARDIOLA_02.jpgBayern Munich have been talking up how little chance they stand but Guardiola’s having none of it. “I don’t know if it’s a strategy or what, because they’ve got Ribéry, Lahm, Demichelis, Lucio and so on,” he pointed out. “If they really thought that they’d put out a team of reserves but Klinsmann will have his best team on show. Bayern’ll go for it, and if I were them I would.”

Strong start

As for the game, Guardiola reckons the home side will begin strongly. “They’ll be coming out strong and we have to make sure we’re stronger than them because if we aren’t they’ll make it hard for us,” he argued. “If we let them dominate they can cause an awful lot of problems.”
“We need to score a goal”

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Guardiola in the stands
Josep Guardiola is banned from the touchline after being sent off in the first leg at Camp Nou. Nor will he be able to speak to Tito Vilanova, Barça’s assistant coach who will be giving the instructions from the dugout this Tuesday. “We’ll talk about it and we’ll see how much I can do,” commented Guardiola. “It won’t be much, but Tito Vilanova’s there and the team knows what it has to do.”

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