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13.04.2010 14:41

Guardiola reckons title race still tight

Anna Segura

Barca might have come away with the points from the Bernabeu, but Pep Guardiola is well aware that Madrid have enjoyed a great season so far and is clear that: “the lead is insignificant, if we slip up it could easily disappear”.

Guardiola isn’t taking anything for granted and warned that despite his team’s win at the Bernabeu on Saturday, Real Madrid are still a big threat and in both the League and Champions League competitions: “nobody is going to give anything away”.

Long way to go

2010-04-13_ENTRENO_48.JPGThe boss also sees no sense of euphoria in the squad: “I think the players are pretty stable. They know there’s still a long way to go and the advantage we have is insignificant. Madrid won’t lose many games and it’s for us to win the league, starting with the games against Deportivo and Espanyol”.

No tiredness

It’s been a long season and the next few weeks promise to be key to the team’s possible success, but Guardiola believes: “there’s no tiredness at this stage. We’re so close – there’s no tiredness, just desire and that desire to go back and do something great gets rid of any weariness you might have”.

Iniesta blow

A03.jpgAndrés Iniesta’s injury has clearly come as a big blow to the team and Guardiola admitted that both the player himself and the rest of the squad were saddened by it: “he’ll be an important absence for us, but we just have to get behind him and help him get back as soon as possible”.

Guardiola reckons title race still tight

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Fans make it worthwhile
The win against Madrid was greeted by an explosion of celebration from the Barca fans in the streets of Catalonia and beyond and Guardiola commented: “we do it all for the fans and the fact that they are proud of us is priceless. I think they see the effort that the players make. Seeing so many fans proud of being Barca supporters is more important than titles”. Guardiola reckons the big change at the club came with the arrival of Ronaldinho: “the club changed when he came – we were in a bad state, but he brought enjoyment back”.

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