Pep predicts tough game
Barça manager Pep Guardiola expects as touch a game with Rubin Kazan as they had last year, but refused to reveal whether Messi would be playing.
On the eve of their Champions League meeting, Pep Guardiola had nothing but praise for their
opponents, Rubin Kazan. He expects a “terribly tough match” comparable to the ones they
played last season. “Those game showed us what a good team they are. They took five out 6
points away from us, they are that good. I have seen very few teams that can defend so well”.
After the Tartars did so well in the previous Champions League, almost
qualifying for the second phase, Guardiola expects “it to be very similar to last season
… it’s the same structure, with a few changes, as we saw in Copenhagen. Although
they’ve lost ‘Chori’ Domínguez, they have signed some top quality players”.
He added that better attacking is the key to getting better results against the Russian League
Of course, he was pressed for clues regarding Lionel Messi.
“First we’ll have to look at Leo’s ankle. He’ll train, and then we’ll
speak to him and the doctors and then we’ll decide. It’s a very important match, bit
his fitness is what matters most.” The Argentinian was able to train with his colleagues once
again today in the Centralny Stadium.
Impressed with team
Guardiola is generally optimistic about what he has seen his team do so far. “You
always have to be careful. But I’m feeling nicely confident … the recent spirit shows
that the players are assimilating new and old concepts … I think we’ll have a good
year. The symptoms are good”.