Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola believes that his team can pass the Chelsea test when they meet next Tuesday at Camp Nou, after their Wednesday 1-0 away defeat by the London-based team in the Semi Final of the Champions League.
“I know that they will give it their all to get to the final,” Guardiola said in the post-match press conference.
Despite the tight marking and the good striking techniques from Chelsea on Wednesday that led to Didier Drogba’s goal, he sees the upcoming match as "a great challenge, one worthy of a Champions League semi-final." He asserted that his players are able "to play the best way possible, where they never lost the desire to score."
The 41-year old Spanish coach seemed sure that Barca fans will push the team forward in the second leg: "it doesn’t matter how the players feel right now. I know that they will give it their all to get to the final and that the people will come and support us on Saturday and Tuesday. We’ll try to succeed."
However, the former Barcelona player does not believe that Chelsea will come out to attack, "I don't think Chelsea will... pressure us high up the pitch, I do anticipate 10 players in the area waiting to counter attack. They’ll probably bide their time and wait for their moment."
"We cannot forget that Chelsea, with very little, create a lot of danger, and they do it very well. We’ll have to find the way to score goals," he concluded.
Barca players confident too
The players also sounded confident despite the loss against the team they face again next week. Midfielder Iniesta described Wednesday's defeat as “unjust” but they “can overturn the scoreline” in the return leg.
“We have the feeling that we created a lot of clear chances, the only thing we were lacking was the final touch," he added, insisting that they are capable of winning but that it is a matter of working harder and is not "an issue of luck."
Barcelona striker Pedro said that in Wednesday's match they had many goal scoring opportunities and were pleased with how they played but not with the result: "A goal would have helped us in this important match. We can only focus on Madrid now. It’s always difficult to score when the opposing team defend so well."
Goalkeeper Víctor Valdés was particularly optimistic, “We still have 90 minutes to prove that we deserve to be in the final. Take heart, we still have a lot of time to finish off this crucial week!"
While defender Carles Puyol acknowledged they had a significant fight at Camp Nou after Wednesday's defeat and a long way to go, he called on the team's fans to show support, "we need your help to get to the final in Munich."
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