Guardiola: “we’re playing better now”
Pep Guardiola reckons his team is playing even better now than they were three years ago, but is also aware that after the exertions made over the last few games, his players might need to make a special effort against Mallorca.
Guardiola is an assiduous watcher of videos of games his team played in past seasons and as a
result, he believes that right now his team are playing: “better than in my first
season”. Unlike then though, Guardiola’s teams no longer have that surprise factor they
once did and the general tonic seems to be that visiting teams come to defend with as many men as
they can. The boss doesn’t worry too much about that though, claiming: “we’ve
played against all kinds of defensive tactics and we’ve come out more or less always
No easy opponents
Guardiola never underestimates his opponents and insisted:
“you’ll never hear from me the word ‘easy’ about another team”.
Against Mallorca: “we’ll have to come out with the maximum intensity if we want to
win”, explaining that the games against Atletico Madrid, Bilbao and Rubin Kazan: “came
at a time when they can leave you a bit less than 100% and that can mean you maybe don’t have
enough to win the next game”.
Guardiola will also have to make do without Xavi for the Mallorca game, but he believes:
“we have alternatives. Every player has their own qualities and we know how to make the most
of them”. He also commented that international break should give Xavi time to get over his
injury: “the professionals and the player are putting a lot of time into helping his