Barcelona coach Guardiola typically modest after Classico win

08:40, April 12, 2010      

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FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola remained typically modest after seeing his side win Spain's 'Classico' 2-0 away to Real Madrid.

The win leaves Barcelona top of the BBVA Primera Liga, three points ahead of their rivals and with the added advantage of superior individual goal difference.

Goals from Leo Messi and Pedro Rodriguez handed Barca its second successive win on Real Madrid's home turf and made it clear that despite all of Real Madrid's investment, Barca is by far the better side.

The win makes Barcelona huge favorites to win the title, but Guardiola played down any euphoria.

"I am satisfied with the game, but there are still 21 points to play for," he said on Sunday morning. "We played a serious, but not a brilliant game of football and bearing in mind that we were playing a spectacular team, it is an important victory," added Guardiola.

Guardiola produced a tactical surprise before the match, playing Dani Alves on the right of midfield, before withdrawing him into his typical defensive role for the second period.

"I told the players they had to be brave. I wasn't happy with the first half and the position Alves was in, so I changed his position with Maxwell. In spite of everything we controlled a Real Madrid side that is averaging just over three goals a game in its home matches."

"I place huge value on winning here in Madrid, to do so for two consecutive years is incredible," said Guardiola, who ended with words of support for his beaten rival Manuel Pellegrini.

"His side has taken 77 points from 31 matches, that reflects Pellegrini' s work and that is very good indeed," he concluded.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:intern1)

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