Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Barcelona Gunner go on the attack

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has promised not to ditch his attacking ideals as the Spanish giants prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow night.

The former Spain midfielder is determined to give paying fans a show worth watching as he looks to guide the club to successive Champions League titles.

“Since I took the job our play has been marked by brave, attacking football,” said Guardiola.

“Sometimes we've been bold and, occasionally, I think we've played audaciously.

“It's a philosophy of football. Win or lose I want us to show who we are and what kind of football we believe in.

“Those of us lucky enough to work at this level in our profession must never forget that it's only a sport,” adds Guardiola (above).

“We live in a world where everything is spiralling in cost and many people need to make a big sacrifice in order to go and watch a game of football.

“So for me it all makes sense, the effort, the work, the planning, the concentration and the discipline, if you do it for the people.

“The manner in which we play is a demonstration of the respect we have for the people who pay for a ticket or pay money to watch matches on television.”

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