“We have been victims”
Josep Guardiola took advantage of his post match press conference to explain his version of events on Saturday that saw the team arrive just before kickoff: “I don’t decide when we play. We have been victims of the situation”.
Josep Guardiola hardly spoke about football, centring his intervention on the events of the day.
The boss explained: “if we had known on Friday that the planes wouldn’t be flying, then
we would have arranged to come here by train and plane as we did, but the information we got from
AENA and the RFEF was that the airport would be open on Saturday at 11.00 and then at 12.00”.
“We were told that the game would be suspended if we were unable to travel. We waited
and then finally after all the pressure they got, they told us we would lose the three points if we
didn’t play today. We were in contact all the time with the RFEF and we have been victims of
“We will continue to travel on match day”
Asked if the events would make him change his regular plan of
travelling on match day, Guardiola replied: “we will continue to travel on the day of the
game. More than 300.000 people, like us, have been affected by the strike. These were exceptional
circumstances and that was why the RFEF said the game could be postponed if we were unable to
travel by plane”.
“Better to play today”
Guardiola also explained that Barça had always preferred to play the game on
Saturday and not on Sunday as had been suggested at various moments during the day: “it was
better for us today because that gives us the time to prepare for the game against Rubin
Praise for the players
Claiming the players had played: “as well as ever”, Guardiola also
praised the team’s “behaviour and attitude” in the “uncomfortable”
atmosphere at the ground where the local fans expressed their anger at the day’s events:
“I feel bad for our supporters and the Osasuna fans. It was not our intention, we always try
and separate ourselves from this type of controversy”.