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BARCELONA WILL BOUNCE BACK SAYS GUARDIOLA

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was philosophical following last nights shock defeat at Getafe, claiming his side would soon bounce back.

The 1-0 defeat was Barça’s first loss of the season and also saw them fall six points behind league leaders Real Madrid, who had earlier won 4-1 in a fiery derby against Atletico.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Guardiola said: “We are disappointed with the result obviously, but it
isn’t terrible. There’s still a long way to go in the league and we will regroup now before the mid-week game against Rayo.”

It was a lacklustre display from the visitors who struggled to break down an organised and resilient Getafe defence, but Guardiola said he wasn’t too concerned with the performance: “The only chance they had, they scored, on another day it may have been different for us.

“They are a hard team to play against as they defend with men behind the ball and play with just one player up front. It was difficult to break them down tonight but my players tried until the end and I cannot criticise them for that.”

Guardiola also admitted his players were tired after their hard-fought Champions League victory in Milan during the week, but said he didn’t want to detract from the performance of Getafe: “It is true that we may have been a little fatigued from the game against Milan but we were up against a well-disciplined side today.”

The defeat leaves Barça six-points adrift of their bitter rivals Real Madrid, who they face at the Bernabeu in two weeks time, but Guardiola said the title race is certainly not over: “No, I don’t think so at all. There is still a long way to go and only one team can be at the top – that is football. We will work hard now and look to rectify any mistakes we made tonight. The league has still got a long way to go yet however.”

 

 




3 Comments

  1. Heath Chesters

    27 November, 2011 at 16:52

    “They are a hard team to play against as they defend with men behind the ball and play with just one player up front. It was difficult to break them down tonight but my players tried until the end and I cannot criticise them for that.”

    Seems that’s the way to play against Barcelona. More teams than just Getafe have done that this season and Barcelona really do seem to struggle to break open teams that park the bus.

    This really is where I think Guardiola is a little naïve tactically. Countless times I’ve seen Barcelona happily rolling the ball around in their opponents half, with little cutting edge.

    Opposition managers are happy for them to do this all game, then look to hit on the counter whilst the Barcelona defenders are stood on the halfway line.

    Makes me wonder why Guardiola doesn’t instruct his team to play deeper in such situations, look to draw teams out of their defensive shell more, then punish them with precision once the spaces open up.

    • Jafar

      27 November, 2011 at 22:28

      Agreed, for much of the game they were just passing the ball around without any really threat and don’t forget that Getafe could have had more if Miku wasn’t so wasteful.
      I’m not saying Barca are over or anything like that but they are slowing down and don’t look very dangerous a lot of times.

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