Friday 23 February 2018

Guardiola sticks to his guns

Barcelona's attacking philosophy will remain the same for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu next week, coach Pep Guardiola said yesterday.

The Catalans suffered a 1-0 extra-time defeat by their arch-rivals in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday, days after being held to a 1-1 draw by 10 men in the league at the Bernabeu.

Jose Mourinho's side deployed a physical counter-attacking approach which unsettled Barca in both games, and Guardiola was asked if he was considering changes to his system.

"It's as if our style has become an excuse for us having lost the Cup final," Guardiola said.

"Whether you win or lose, the style is always the same. Playing attacking football is the only way I understand, it's our club's philosophy and I'm not going to change it. We are going to attack and try to score at the Bernabeu."

Irish Independent

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