Guardiola has no doubts about players
Josep Guardiola, despite the criticism received after the game with Hercules, had said that even if this season turns out to be the worst one possible, he will never doubt his players.
Speaking to the press before FC Barcelona’s opening game of the 2010-2011 Champions League,
the first team manager made it clear that regardless of results “it is impossible to doubt
these players. We could have the worst season possible, but I would still have my faith in them.
The other day I didn’t make their job easy for them” he admitted.
“They get all the credit”
Guardiola pointed out that last season “after winning six titles
in a row, they were able to get 99 points in such a demanding competition as La Liga. Having seen
that, it’s impossible to have any doubts, they get all the credit. I know them, and it hurt
them to lose. They are too honourable, they want to perform, and want to compete and to do as well
as they know they can” he added.
He wanted to explain that there is always a reason for losing a match, but “lack of
desire was not an issue. They want to carry on winning, that’s their desire, and I want
people to know that defeat affected them. The other reason is that the opposition played
better”. Guardiola said he had no intention of passing judgement on his players, because it
is his own job “to make things easy for them. I would be angry if I felt they weren’t
trying hard enough”.
Turning to the game at the Camp Nou against Panathinaikos, Guardiola said he expects
“the best opponent possible”. Barça will be facing “one of the historic Greek
teams” and underlined the experience in their squad.
Return to normality
The manager feels that playing away at the Camp Nou, their visitors are probably going to
take a defensive approach. As for Barça, it is important for them to make the most of their home
fixtures, and that in order to that “we have to find our game again and be ourselves
Guardiola claims to know the secret to ensuring there is no repeat of Saturday’s
debacle. “Teams are incredibly fragile. Just one piece has to be missing and things get
fragile. We were lacking the right movement to attack well.”