Josep Guardiola, speaking after the game against Betis, said that he is happy to have made the King’s Cup semi-finals at the expense of such a fine side as Betis. Despite losing the game (3-1), Barça’s head coach focused on the positive side of the match, because it all goes to show how “hard everything is to do, there is a lot of effort behind all this and all our opponents are good … the only way we can get better is by analysing these mistakes … We have to lose to appreciate things.”
“It takes a lot to go 28 matches without losing,” Guardiola said about the end of their historic unbeaten run. “We have had to be persistent to do that. This result shows how hard everything is and was good for putting us in our place.”
As always, the Mister spoke highly about the rival team. “When we analysed our opponent, we knew it was going to be a tough tie. We knew full well that we’d have trouble, and that was the case. I want to congratulate Betis, a historic team that has always played good football, and who have top quality players. They are solid side, and are top of the Second Division for a reason. Given all that, advancing past a team like that is something I value highly.”
Speaking about Afellay, Pep noted that “he gets free and calls for the ball a lot. He had a good game. I like players that get involved, that try and that ask for the ball.”
“I have always evaluated our opponents. There is no way the 8-0 will be repeated. People make assumptions of the big teams, but you don’t win things until the competitions are over,” said Guardiola, when asked about the next Copa del Rey game, which will be against Almeria.