Guardiola is pleased with his team’s performance at the Benito Villamarín: “playing with 10 men against a team that plays football so well is complicated. We tried it and we managed to equalise.
“Keita probably deserved to play more. He’s a very dependable player in every regard. He gives us things that the other midfielders don’t have. I’m very pleased with his performance.
“Questions on the future don’t depend on me, from my point of view, Alves is an irreplaceable player. He’s been fundamental for Barça”.
Afellay, who featured in the team’s starting line-up for the first time since his injury, was also mentioned by the manger. “He played very well. He participated, he had a chance to score and he didn’t lose any balls. With Alves’ red card, I preferred to sub him out to avoid fatigue. Anyway, it’s good news for the Dutch national team and for the future,” said the FC Barcelona manager.
When asked about Alves’ future, Guardiola was clear: “questions on a player’s future don’t depend on me, but from my point of view, Alves is irreplaceable. He’s been fundamental for Barça.”
Lastly, on his own future, Guardiola said: “La Liga existed before I came and it will continue to exist without me.”
Praise for Betis
The Barça manager didn’t hold back in his praise for Real Betis: “they are a great team. They play very well and they have great players. They’ve been together for a while, with the same manager and great supporters.” Guardiola finished by saying “Betis have had a great season.” (via FCBarcelona.com)