FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol agrees with Pep Guardiola that Saturday’s derby at Cornellà-El Prat will be the hardest game of the league season.
At the presentation of former Barça coach Laureano Ruiz’s book ‘Fútbol profesional. Mi
modelo de juego’, Carles Puyol spoke aboutn the game between Espanyol and Barça: “Both
teams are in strong form, each has its qualities. It will be a difficult game for both teams and I
think we are very equal”.
As Pep Guardiola said after beating Real Sociedad last Sunday, the game
with the side coached by Mauricio Pochettino “is the hardest away game we have this season.
But we are looking forward to doing well and coming back with the three points”.
Anything can happen
The event was also attended by Espanyol’s Iván de la Peña, who will miss the game
through injury. “Espanyol is on good form and Saturday’s game will be interesting
tactically. We probably can’t challenge FC Barcelona to the league title, but we can beat
them at Cornellà-El Prat because we are so confident at home and have such great supporters. You
can beat barça in one game”, he said.
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Reasons for Ballon d’Or
Laureano Ruiz, who played suich an important role at the club in the seventies, “there are
two reasons why Barça had three Ballon d’Or nominees due to two paths converging over time:
first, what happened in my time, which was later improved by Johan Cruyff, and the Guardiola
factor. Thanks to these two, Barça now has the three best players in the world”.
On the derby, Laureano Ruiz said “it is very hard to stop the way Barça play, but
anything can happen away to Espanyol”.