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Three days after the Sevilla game, Barça face another league match - against Granada on Tuesday night. The Andalucía team have not played Barça in the league for 35 years and are struggling at the bottom of the table, but Guardiola insisted at his press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva that Granada are "brave, willing to take risks and very dynamic – a number of their bad results haven't been deserved at all."

Different game than against Sevilla

"We think we will be in for a different game than we had against Seville," according to Guardiola, "it'll be a good test for us. We have put in a lot of effort in a short period of time and we'll have to see how we respond." However, the boss has no complaints about his players' attitude: "if all the draws and defeats we have get the same response from the players, there will be no problem" and also insisted that there is still a long way to go in the league: "there are still 90 points to play for."

All cleared up between Cesc and Kanouté

Cesc Fàbregas and Frederic Kanouté announced on Twitter this weekend that they had spoken on the phone and resolved the incident that led to the Seville player's red card on Saturday night and Guardiola closed the door on the incident, insisting "it's been cleared up."

Messi and Villa

Guardiola mentioned a number of players during the press conference today, including Leo Messi and David Villa. About the Argentinean's reaction to the missed penalty on Saturday, he claimed: "the fans reacted fantastically. He's fine and getting his strength back. There's really no time to enjoy all the good things, or get down about the bad ones – it's all part of the game."

"Thanks to Villa, we are able to play such good football –he's had to adapt to the team and the coaches here and he's had the humility to do that . Others wouldn't have done it after all the things he had achieved."

Levante leadership

The boss also insisted that Levante's position at the top of the table:"isn't just a coincidence" and he complemented them on their great start to the season: "they've done things really well – that's why they are top. They did well last season and their defence is a key part of their success, it's spectacular."

“Puyol will be available against Mallorca”

Pep Guardiola wasn’t too worried about the continued absence of his captain Carles Puyol and explained that the injury he’s got “is not very much at all. He should be in training on Wednesday and available for the Mallorca game. It’s only normal that he’s had these slight difficulties after such a long layoff”.


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