Real better prepared, says Guardiola
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has conceded that Real Madrid are better prepared than his side for the Supercopa second leg at the Camp Nou.
After the first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu, Guardiola says Real hold a slight advantage for Wednesday’s return fixture and stressed his side will need to be at their best to pick up the trophy.
“In the first-leg, Madrid were better, in these three days we have improved some things, but I believe they are still better,” Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.
“That is the feeling I have, but every match is a story. If the return leg were in two weeks, it would be different. We will have to play better than we did at the Santiago Bernabeu to win the Supercopa.
“We will have to play with the kind of speed we could not put in our game the other day. Three days have passed, we have trained really well.”
Guardiola also confirmed that the club’s newest signing, Cesc Fabregas, will be included in the squad for the encounter, but did not mention whether he will be given a start.
“We will see tomorrow. He has trained very well, a lot of time alone, and also some bits with the team,” Guardiola said.
“He will surely be in the squad, but tomorrow we will see if he will play the whole 90 minutes or not.”
Wed 17 August, 2011