Guardiola Still Worried

BARCELONA - Four-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga Spanish did not make the quiet coach of Barcelona, Josep Guardiola. He reminded the foster children that the competition for the title is still far and heavy. 4-1 victory over Malaga last weekend, led Barca as a part-season champion and leads the standings with a value of 52. Barca four points clear of nearest rival, Real Madrid, which resemble the value of 48 after being arrested Almeria 1-1.

Barca advantages that make the most of his supporters believe Los Blaugrana could be won for the third year in a row. But it was pushed over Guardiola.

"Champions degree never achieved in January or February. The defeat our show, anything can happen. This makes us think what we've done," said Pep, who celebrates his 40th year last Tuesday.

The statement was referring to the cessation of Pep's record unbeaten in 28 matches while Barca 1-3 defeat by leaders Segunda Division, Real Betis, on the second leg quarter-final on Wednesday. Even so, this defeat did not prevent Barca step to qualify for the semifinals with 6-3 on aggregate and meet with Almeria, 26 January and 2 February.

"The defeat of Betis gave us a valuable lesson. Three weeks ahead we will be facing Arsenal (Champions League) and it will not be easy. But I am optimistic about facing the second half this season," Pep said.

When faced with Betis, Pep rest some major players such as striker David Villa, Sergio Busquets, and Pedro. Lionel Messi, who scored one goal in this match, also did not perform optimally.

Guardiola said that he did because Barca have to deal with busy schedules. This week Barca will host Racing Santander, who is ranked 14th.

"We spent a lot of energy to face 28 games without ever losing," said Pep. These results show how hard preparation that puts us in a position today. "

Facing Racing, Villa, Busquets, Pedro, and Messi will be back. Guardiola has just lost a young attacker Venezuela, Jeffren. He was having trouble with his left foot at practice on Thursday. Brazilian left-back, Dani Alves, is also absent due to undergo treatment on his injured muscle.

In the other match. Valencia, ranked fourth with a value of 37, will host Malaga at the Mestalla. While Sevilla, the struggling in 10th position, met with Levante.