Guardiola: “Espanyol put us in our place”
Pep Guardiola believes that FC Barcelona came back down to earth slightly on Wednesday evening after they were unable to win the Copa Catalunya in a triangular tournament after being beaten by Espanyol in the first match.
The Blaugrana participated in the three-team final playing 45 minute games against the Blanc i Blau
and Hospitalet and the coach thinks it was a good lesson before their next league game versus
Osasuna "Thedefeat by Espanyol showed us what we will come up against in Pamplona, then Real
Sociedad and in Cornellà," Guardiola explained. "Espanyol have put us in our place and now we have
some tough games ahead before Christmas."
Victory in the second game against Hospitalet was not enough to give the trophy to Barça as
Espanyol won it thanks to their two wins. "The Real Madrid game is now history," Guardiola
continued. "We now have to start thinking about Saturday."
Barça fielded a mixture of players that did not start against Madrid and B team starlets in
the Copa Catalunya. "The (Catalan) Federation deserves to see Barça send a first choice side but
having played on Monday they could not do so again on Wednesday," the Blaugrana boss commented.
Espanyol and Hospitalet
Guardiola then reflected on the two teams that Barça played and Espanyol's triumph. "The
trophy is well deserved," he said. "Espanyol are a grand team. They are one of the best teams in
"The game against Hospitalet was strange because within five minutes we scored twice, but
then they went on and played well. I hope that they can have a good season."