12 December 2011

Guardiola: "At stake is the chance to become the World’s best team"

Speaking at a press conference this morning in Japan, Pep Guardiola insisted on the need to acclimatise to the local time zone and to show maximum respect for the team’s semi-final opponents Al Sadd

Josep Guardiola spoke to the media in his first press conference since the team arrived in Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup and explained that he had told the players: "not to blow the chance to win the World Club Cup - it's an opportunity that doesn't come around too often. At stake is the chance to become the World's best team". The boss also insisted that the players needed to adapt to the Japanese local time zone and to show maximum respect for their semi-final rivals Al Sadd: "there could be plenty of surprises".

Guardiola was wary of taking on the role of favourites: "we won't be the best team in the world until we win this", and explained: "we have the responsibility to show our very best".

In a packed press conference, Guardiola again showed his human side, referring to the disastrous earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan last March: "I hope Japan can recover as soon as possible. Coming back here is always an honour". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Guardiola: "I told the players not to miss this opportunity"]
The coach has not spoken of el clásico is totally focused on the Club World Cup, a tournament "in which we play the best team in the world.

Pep Guardiola , Carles Puyol and Dani Alves have offered an introductory news conference for grabs at the World Cup after the first training session held at Nippon lands in the Sports City of Yokohama Marinos , hotel close to the concentration of Barcelona , which has offered the press conference. Guardiola has emphasized that "I told the players not to miss this opportunity to win the World Cup is an opportunity that comes when it comes."

The coach, who has revealed that the players are partying until lunchtime tomorrow, Tuesday, to make more bearable the concentration ensures that the talk with the staff before training "there have been references to the mother's side, all What has been said is that above all we must try to catch and schedule here and do not miss this opportunity, do not let them escape, because we play the best team in the world " .

He has shown all his respect for Al Sadd of Qatar, a rival in the semifinals, and all the teams and has admitted that it makes a great souvenir of the Intercontinental lost as a player: "We played at noon, it was hot, I will not adapted to jet lag, and we played against a great team. They were much better than us " . This time he says that "we hope to play a good standard and make a good impression" .

Regarding the Madrid did not want to throw the rooftops or come to appreciate the superiority Barca: "We are very close to each other. They are leaders, not that much difference, although we have been fortunate to beat them several times over the years " he said. (via MD)