Guardiola pleased with Super Cup show
Pep Guardiola was delighted with his players' effort and application as they turned the Spanish Super Cup tie around on Saturday evening to win the trophy with an emphatic 4-0 win against Sevilla.
The Blaugrana coach felt that his side won because of how well they played in what proved to be hot
and humid conditions in front of a busy home crowd.
SHeat and humidity
"They are physically and mentally strong and very intelligent,"
Guardiola said of his players. "It is unusual that in this heat and humidity they have done so well
against a side that are in the Champions League. What was even more important was the way we played
and each one made themselves available. We are very pleased to have won the first trophy of the
One of the keys to the win was a strong defensive display. "When a team ensures that their
opponents cannot strong together more than three or four passes then they have to play very well,"
the trainer continued. "Today everyone worked very hard towards that. I think that Sevilla did not
have a shot and the team's effort deserves merit."
"If we have won it is because we played well," Guardiola commented when asked about Sevilla.
"Sevilla are never weak and are a great team with a great coach. The thing is that we have played
well and generated a performance that made things difficult for our opponents."
After dedicating the trophy to his squad Guardiola added: "It
goes especially to those that did not play today. We still have a lot of work to do. We are not at
our best yet, but what is more important is to win the trophy in order to lift our morale."
On the subject of new signings Guardiola explained: "There are always players left out that
deserve to play. We want to have few players and try to give them all games. With the ones we have
more than a hypothetical new signing we have players from the youth ranks who we can step up."
"Maxwell is one of the best signings we have made in recent seasons," the coach added. "He is
generous, Goes forward well and defends superbly. He can play in various positions and always has
an excellent attitude."