Barcelona’s Guardiola happy for crashing defensive Getafe

Ahram Onlline, Wednesday 11 Apr 2012

The Spanish coach expressed relief after Barca won Getafe ‘that defend with nine players’

Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola (Photo: Reuters)

Barcelona manager Guardiola hailed his team’s performance in their La Liga home game 4-0 win against Getafe on Tuesday.

“We’re very pleased because it’s never easy [to play against] such a defensive team. We found our patience, and we scored fairly early, we created goal scoring chances... we controlled the match.” Barca coach said during the post-match press conference.

In the Catalans’ 10thconsecutive league victory, two goals were scored by Alexis Sanchez, one from Pedro Rodriguez and Lionel Messi netted his 39th league goal.

He added that “it’s very difficult to attack a team that defends with nine players.”

Defending champions upped the pressure on leaders Real Madrid as they moved to within a point of their bitter rivals.

The players dedicate victory to their French teammate Eric Abidal, who underwent liver transplant surgery today.

“We’re very pleased to be able to dedicate this victory to Abidal and his cousin Gerard. It’s a special day because we knew that he was in surgery.” Guardiola said.

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