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20.02.2010 23:20

Guardiola: “We need to take a step forward”

Vanessa Forns

Despite the win over Racing, Pep Guardiola insisted that though he’d seen: “some good things”, the team “has to take a further step forward” if they want to win more titles.

The team bounced back well after last week’s slip up against Atletico Madrid and Guardiola stressed the •defensive rigour” of his team against Racing and taken a number of positives from the game, but stressed they also had to “take a further step forward”.

“We have to take another step forward, even though we did some things well. To compete at the highest level we must play with more simplicity and improve our circulation. We’ll have to play better in Germany to guarantee a result. It’s always important to get a win after you’ve lost a game, but I’d insist we now need to go one better - that wasn’t enough to win us the title”.


Ibrahimovic was ruled out of the game before kick off as a precaution after noting a twinge on the knock he picked up last week and Guardiola explained: “his ankle was swollen up, but the doctors reckon it will go down soon. We’ll see how he gets on and see if we can get him fit for Tuesday”.

“We won, but without playing brilliantly”

Guardiola believes that “despite not playing very much” Barca “found ourselves ina good position. We had a lot of defensive rigour, but we missed rhythm when we had the ball – we won, but without playing brilliantly”.

Home grown talent

2010-02-20_PARTIDO_15.JPGThe game finished with 9 home grown players on the Barca team and Guardiola commented: “when I choose the team, I don’t think about where the players come from – they are all Barca players. It’s an interesting fact and it’s not easy to see so many home grown players in a team”.


Bojan was singled out for praise by the boss: “I’m very happy with the work he put in, he took a big step forward tonight and he’s showing me that he’s improving with every day -he’s got some really good points. I want him to adapt himself to playing in new positions. He’s still young and he’s come through really quickly. He needs to learn, but I’m very happy that he’s taken a big step forward tonight”.


Guardiola also had words for Henry: “I hope his goal will give him a lift. The team needs much more of him and I know he wants to give more”. As to Andres Iniesta, the boss insisted: “he continues to play at a really high level”.

Thiago and Jeffren

Finally, Guardiola praised his youngsters: “Thiago has a lot of courage – he’s got a lot to improve and he has to grow. Jonathon is very aggressive and tidy. He doesn’t lose the ball and Jeffren let himself go tonight”.
Guardiola: “We need to take a step forward”

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Laporta: “the 100 most successful games in the club’s history”
On the day that Josep Guardiola marked his 100th game in charge, President Joan Laporta commented: “they have to be the most successful 100 games in the club’s history. Pep deserves recognition for his talent and his sacrifice”. Asked as to which of the games he’d most enjoyed, the President didn’t hesitate: “the 2-6 win at the Bernabeu”.

As to the Racing game, the President was happy with the team’s performance: “they continue to perform at a high level. We showed talent, strength, sacrifice and a willingness to do things properly”. Although he admitted that the goalscorers were important: “the main thing is that we won and the team played well in general”.

Looking forward to Tuesday’s game in Germany, Laporta warned: “we have to be very alert and keep our concentration – it’ll be cold and we’ll have to really fight hard”.

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