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Guardiola during the game against l'Hospitalet / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

“If we’ve won prestige it's because of demonstrations like today’s.” Pep Guardiola, who was concerned about how his team would handle tonight’s match against Hospitalet after the Club World Cup in Japan, was visibly satisfied by the general attitude displayed by his players. He not only highlighted the talent of the squad but the “capacity to play the round of 32 in the King’s Cup after being named the best club in the world.” For this reason he said that “the way they behave is admirable.” Guardiola believes that this is the reason that “we are doing things right.”

Maximum concentration

Guardiola explained that he prepared this game “like any other game. We studied images [of Hospitalet] that we’d usually skip, the players can’t perceive that we don’t do our job and then demand that they do theirs.”

The Barça manager said that matches like tonight’s at the Camp Nou usually “have fewer people. I know that the Club invited social groups. I think it’s a beautiful idea. It’s great that they came and cheered us on. The stadium wasn’t full but we heard the 50,000 people, I’m very thankful.”

“Isaac has been impeccable all year”

The manager had special words of praise for Isaac Cuenca. “He’s been impeccable all year. We hope that with humility, the behaviour of being seen and talking little, that he will be ready and as a player, be at the required level.”

Bartomeu: “I hope for a 2012 that's as successful as 2011”

Athletic Vice President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, celebrated the team’s good finish to the year, that ended with the qualification for the round of 16 of the King’s Cup and with the Club World Cup victory last Sunday. “It has been a fantastic year. We must celebrate it and hope for a 2012 that's as successful as 2011.” On the overwhelming victory against Hospitalet, Bartomeu said that the team “played very well. It was evident that they were eager. They came back from the World Cup and they played spectacularly.” He was also visibly pleased that the people “enjoyed the match,” especially on a day like today, with the celebration of the Diada del Socio Solidario (Day of Member Solidarity). Lastly, the vice president didn’t have a preference on Barça’s next rival in the Cup.


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