UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona—Pep Guardiola Cautions Catalans
Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side experienced a great UEFA Champions League on hostile turf against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
The Catalans were aided by a vintage second-half performance from 23-year-old Argentinian maestro Lionel Messi, who scored both of Barcelona's goals.
Barca will head into the return leg at home with a 2-0 aggregate advantage and two crucial away goals. Still, Guardiola cautioned his team that they should not start looking ahead to a final date on May 29 at famed Wembley in London.
Guardiola told UEFA.com:
We played a great match. With 11 players we controlled the speed of Madrid's attacks and their passing game. We were more aggressive and we must congratulate the team. A side like Madrid never give up a match or a tie. People in Barcelona know the respect we have for them. We have to recover for [Saturday's] league match and the second leg next Tuesday, but we are not at Wembley yet.
We are lucky to have Messi; at the age of 23, he's the third top scorer in our club's history and that's impressive. It's the beauty of our attacking style. We have corrected some things from the Copa del Rey final, things we did wrong.Playing several times against the same team means that we know each other better than ever, so we must be careful. We have not reached the fina. We've only won 2-0 in the first leg.
We came here with a lot of players who grew up in La Masía and we controlled the game. We did not allow Madrid chances throughout the first half and that's very hard to do. I'm very proud. [David] Villa was sharp and [Seydou] Keita's work was also very important. But Madrid will be more dangerous on Tuesday.
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