Guardiola: 'We have to keep on going until the end. We don’t really have many perspectives to work from, we can only play the next game as best we can to do well'
Guardiola: 'Osasuna were better in the first half. We played a great second half, anything could have happened. Osasuna started off and adapted to the pitch conditions better than we did, if we were playing well in the second half on this pitch we could have done the same in the first'
Guardiola: 'We now need to focus on the Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen. We’ll go to Europe to defend our title. We played a second half that shows us the way to defend a Champions League'
Valdes: 'Being realistic, it will be very difficult to win La Liga. We didn’t perform today and the Liga just got a bit more complicated. It’s not definitive but it is more difficult. I don’t usually talk about the referees. There were controversial calls for both teams. We play on Tuesday in another important Champions League game, we have to get up and keep moving forward'
Pique: 'The referee’s performance isn’t an excuse for losing to Osasuna. The Champions League is a very attractive competition, the most prestigious; we’ll give it our all to try and win it. We aren’t giving up on La Liga, the point difference with Madrid keeps growing, but I ask the fans to stay by our side because we need them more than ever'
Iniesta: 'It’s a painful loss. We reacted but it wasn’t enough, we have to keep on fighting until the end. Now we have to prepare the Champions League match'
- In football, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It's part of the sport. Players are human and can't possibly be brilliant 365 days a year. Nobody can.
Having said that, what should NEVER be missing is our characteristic Barça attitude. That spark, that desire, that drive that makes the difference between a good and a great team. For me, the first half performance was a joke, as if the players were too concerned about getting an injury in such a terrible pitch ahead of the Champions League clash on Tuesday. Not good enough!!!
As Guardiola said, the second half was much better than the first, simply because the players tried harder. Amazing how a bit of desire can improve the team's performance...
I'd also like to point out that, despite calling the match 'a final' in the pre-match conference, Pep then chose a team without Xavi, Iniesta or Cesc. Add the absence of Busquets and you end up with a far too inexperienced midfield which is unable to provide Messi, Alexis and the rest of our forwards with quality balls into space. Finals are won with your players. Simple.
At this stage in the season, it looks as if La Liga is lost. Painful to say, but obvious if you look at the table. I truly hope Xavi, Iniesta and Messi stay fit for the rest of the season so we can challenge for the Copa and Champions League - The team's level drops far too dramatically when they're missing.
Taking a positive look though: Barça have already won 3 titles this season, our youngsters will get valuable playing time and, despite the poor away performances in La Liga, the current squad is the most successful in over hundred years of FC Barcelona history. They deserve our trust.
WIN OR LOSE: ALWAYS PROUD TO BE BLAUGRANA!!!!!!
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