BFB has the privilege of bringing you a WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Pep Guardiola’s post match comments! We here at the BFB World Headquarters (a bunker, 20 floors below sea level) have been watching the proceedings since the The Robbery at the Anoeta and were able to gain access to Barça’s coach for a brief interview. Here are his stunning words:
Let me be clear on this, we’re talking about a fantastic team here. However, I don’t understand why Vitienes did what he did today in an evenly balanced game. It’s the referee’s job to make sure that both sides are treated equally so that the best side wins.
Sometimes, it’s disgusting to live in this world, but this is apparently our world. We’ll go to Barcelona filled with pride, but we have to make do without Milito, who didn’t do anything wrong, without Montoya, who didn’t do anything wrong.
The next match will not just be very difficult, but it will be more like ‘mission impossible’. We need an early goal to get back in the title race, but even if we manage to do that, they’ll just kill our chances again.
Saturday once again showed that you don’t stand a chance against Real Sociedad. RFEF doesn’t allow any team to really do something against them. I really don’t know what’s behind all this. Maybe it’s their ties with Gipuzkoa or maybe it’s because they just find Real Sociedad a sympathetic club. I’ve been wondering about this all my life and I’ll get an answer one day.
I don’t know why the referee called it offside. I just laughed and applauded his decision. That’s all I did. My career will probably be over if I tell him and RFEF how I feel about all this. I have only one question and that’s: ‘Why?’ We couldn’t lose this game with our tactical plan.
I hope for Martín [Lasarte] that he will finish 12th without any incident at one point. I’ve won two La Liga titles with teams other than Real Sociedad. We won those trophies with hard work, pride, effort and sweat. Lasarte is a great coach, but I’d be embarrassed if I’d finished 12 like that. If they finish 12th this year, it will be marred by the events at the Anoeta.
He deserves to finish 12th in normal fashion. You’d want him to achieve that, because he’s a great person and I have a lot of respect for him. I respect him as a coach and as a person and didn’t mean to disrespect him when I called him Martín instead of mister Lasarte.
The people of San Sebastian are honest and know perfectly well what happened here. It’s easy for them because they can hide, but I know that a lot of Basques won’t be proud of how they won this game.
It was our plan to go up 1-0, let them get level, and then score from a free kick when the opposition was getting frustrated. It was our plan to replace Messi with Deulofeu for the final 25 minutes of the game, but we had to change our plans because of the offside.
The man has a way with words, doesn’t he?
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