Guardiola during the game at La Rosleda / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After the clear victory over Málaga by 1-4, Josep Guardiola talked about a play in the first quarter of the game at La Rosaleda to illustrate the point that “the line between winning and losing is very thin, today is a clear example.” The Barça manager lauded Víctor Valdés: “if Víctor hadn’t cleared the corner or saved a goal-scoring chance on two occasions, I don’t know what would have happened.” With that said, the manager corrected some issues at half time, “we adjusted a couple of things and everything was more simple from that point on.”  

Speaking about tonight’s opponents, Málaga CF, and the expectations surrounding the Andalusian side, the Barça manager said: “in sports the biggest difficulty is anticipating expectations. When you play in a big team the expectations are that you must always win by a large margin. Málaga have a fantastic manager that understands football, quality players, and young players with a lot of promise. The only thing needed is patience. They need their time and I’m sure Pellegrini will succeed, because he knows La Liga. He’ll achieve constancy, it’s always a bit difficult when you have a new team.”

Messi’s biggest asset, his consistency

Without a doubt, the man of the match was Leo Messi, who bagged three goals tonight: “you already know my opinion. His biggest asset is his constancy, to be important in every match for so long ... His life is football. Scoring these goals will help him in upcoming matches.”

Lastly, Guardiola said that the team should celebrate because “they managed to comfortably win a game away from home.” The manager went on to analyse the first half of La Liga: “We finished the first half of La Liga tonight. We have a rival that is sensational (Real Madrid), it takes away from what we’ve done. In general, we’ve comported ourselves well.”

Faus: “Against Madrid there is no such thing as being favourite”

The Vice-President Javier Faus, once the game had ended, talked about the upcoming King’s Cup match this Wednesday at the Camp Nou against Real Madrid: “this Wednesday we are favourites because of the first leg, but it’s clear that against Real Madrid there is no such thing as being favourite.” Along these lines, Faus said that “Madrid could beat us, it’s not impossible, nothing is impossible. It’s true that up until now things have gone our way, but when you think something is finished, that’s when you stumble.”

On the other hand, Faus talked about Josep Guardiola’s possible contract extension: “We want Pep to stay here for many years. We will know his decision in a couple of weeks, we hope his response will be positive.”