Guardiola during the game against Espanyol / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Josep Guardiola is very aware that tonight’s draw against Espanyol leaves his team five points adrift of Real Madrid and to gain ground against the League leaders “will not be easy because they’ve had an impeccable trajectory” this seasn. With that said, he also issued a reminder, “there is still a lot of Liga still yet to be played and a lot of points up for grabs.” He was also very clear that what his team must do is learn from their mistakes and carry on with the good work they’ve done so far. “That’s what we’ll do,” said the Barça manager.

On the game

The Barcelona manager highlighted Espanyol’s team play and admitted that he anticipated this type of match: “The truth is that we are too well accustomed to how games go, but our rivals are also there to play. Espanyol did a fantastic job. In general, within the context of tonight’s difficult match, we controlled the match a bit better in the second half, even though we were a bit off target. After the equalizing goal, we reacted correctly, but it was too late. I cannot be dissatisfied with this team, I could never be.”

Guardiola preferred to not comment on Raúl Rodríguez’s penalty in the dying moments of the match: “In football you must overcome these types of things. We have to be concerned with what we can control, what he didn’t do right. We’ve always done things this way and we will continue to do so. We cannot control the referees, rather we must focus on improving the things that we didn’t do well.”

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