17 December 2011

Guardiola: "It’s a challenge and a dream"

Guardiola is expecting an extremely tough World Club Cup final against Brazilian legends Santos: “On the counterattack they’ll like Madrid. They’re a very dangerous team".

"Santos is a great team; they win every 50:50 ball. They remind me of the 1992 Sao Paulo team".


Josep Guardiola gave his final press conference on Saturday ahead of the World Club Cup final and warned that Santos would be a tough nut to crack: "They're strong in every area of the game, with a high level of individual technique. We'll try and stop Neymar touching the ball, and you have to do that by controlling the game. We'll try and disconnect him from the game." However, Guardiola stressed that Neymar is not the only threat posed by Santos: "Danilo gives them depth. Ganso is a fantastic player with a huge talent and Borges is a forward who, if the ball drops to him, he sticks it away".

As for the match fitness of his players, Guardiola once more bemoaned the serious injury suffered by Villa and revealed that fellow striker Alexis is still a doubt: "We'll have to see how he goes in training today and tomorrow to see if he can play the final. Some players still need medication to sleep but we're more adapted now".

Guardiola called on his players to take this opportunity to consolidate their position as the best club team in the world and, at the same time, to enjoy this almost unique occasion. "We never know when we'll play this again. You have to be ready to defend and attack well". Many neutrals have labelled Barça as the favourites but Guardiola is far too canny to let that distract him. "It's getting to be a habit but being favourites doesn't give you any advantage". (via FCBarcelona.cat)