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03.10.2009 23:19

Guardiola happy with start to campaign

Vanessa Forns

Pep Guardiola was clearly pleased with his team's record equalling win against Almeria: “six out of six is a great start to the competition”.

With Xavi and Iniesta both suffering some tight man to man marking, it wasn't an easy win by any means, though Guardiola stressed that Hugo Sanchez's team: “created very little danger and didn't have a shot on goal”.

Man to man marking

2009-10-03_PARTIDO_49.JPG“It's clear that with the tight marking they employed it was difficult to create”, admitted Guardiola, though he insisted he wasn't that worried about other teams copying Almeria's tactics: “it doesn't bother me at all. We can find solutions and I think I know what they are. Tonight all that was missing was some more inside passing. Man to man marking doesn't bother me because that means we can create space where we want to”.


With his spectacular winning goal, Pedro was undoubtedly the star of the show and Guardiola was enthusiastic about his young winger: “he's a player who can score and he's a great help to the team. He moved well on the pitch and scored a great goal. He 's gradually getting more minutes and he needs to keep growing as a player. He's young and can get even better”.

Squad getting back together

Guardiola is gradually getting his full squad back together and Rafa Marquez made a welcome return for the Almeria game, his first start of the season, as did Iniesta who completed his first 90 minutes of the season. Guardiola revealed that he'd spoken to Iniesta at half time as to his fitness: “he told me he was feeling very good and he managed the whole game. It's good news for us and I'm very happy about it”.
Guardiola happy with start to campaign
Laporta: “they made it hard for us”
Joan Laporta was also pleased with the latest win at the Nou Camp: “I'm especially happy about a number of things – the support the crowd gave to the team and the three important points we've taken from Almeria who were very well organised on the pitch”. Laporta also praised Xavi's marker Chico: “he marked Xavi really well and that made it hard for us to play our game”.

Laporta didn't want to be drawn on any possible result in the big game between Seville and Real Madrid on Sunday: “I don't want to speculate. As our manager said, we have to concentrate on our game. This league has just begun – we're not even a third of the way through the campaign yet”.

Finally, the Barca President congratulated the basketball team who conquered the ACB Super Cup on Saturday, beating Real Madrid 86-82.

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