Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola Delighted To Reach Copa Del Rey Final

Posted by admin on Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he is very happy with his side qualifying for the Copa del Rey final for the second time in three years.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has praised his side after they defeated Almeria 3-0 to progress to the Copa del Rey final for the second time in three years.

Guardiola was extremely pleased with the 8-0 aggregate victory and admitted the Blaugrana deserved to advance to the cup final.

"I think we deserved to win," the tactician told AS after the match. "Reaching the final is a very difficult thing.

"Let us not forget the ties against Betis or the party in San Mames. We deserved it and being in this position for the second time in three years says a lot about our players.

"Our two potential rivals are very strong, but we must try to recover in time for Saturday, as we face one of the strongest teams [Atletico Madrid] in the league."

Guardiola believes the competition has been good for some of his players who have not been able to get a regular spot in the starting XI.

"This is our hardest month, as we have had little rest. The Copa has allowed us to give minutes to people who had not played a lot, and to rest others," he concluded.