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Pep Guardiola Avoids Real Madrid Talk And Focuses On Barcelona's Trip To Face Real Sociedad

Pep Guardiola Avoids Real Madrid Talk And Focuses On Barcelona's Trip To Face Real Sociedad

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Coach eager to keep focus on La Liga as he fears more talk on Real Madrid could add to distractions and put title hopes at risk

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has chosen to sidestep questions about Real Madrid and focus on Saturday's match against Real Sociedad in the Basque country.

The tactician appeared eager to keep the attention on tomorrow's game at Anoeta when speaking to the media, claiming the three points would take his side closer to clinching La Liga.

He stated: "If we win tomorrow then we will take a second giant step forward. We are very tired but we must focus on victory.

"We are not interested in talking about the impact of Wednesday's game, we play tomorrow in the league. We must try to find the strength, knowing that if we win then we will almost have it [La Liga].

"We're playing for the most important title of the year. It would be almost a decisive step. There are no distractions that are worth [risking]. Madrid are not going to give anything away, they will not fail. We have to win."

Guardiola was asked whether he felt his team had placed one foot in the Champions League final following Wednesday's 2-0 semi final, first-leg win at the Bernabeu, but remained cautious, and was keen to point out that the only title that has been decided is the Copa del Rey - in Madrid's favour.

"We are not in the final. The only one who has a title is Madrid, not us. In the league they are not going to give anything away. We we must earn the right to play another final."

Andres Iniesta is unlikely to play after missing out in the Champions League, but added that he is close to making a return to action.

He added: "He is better, but not recovered. The most important is that he gets better. He is touching the ball. but we don't want to risk it."

Finally, on Wednesday's hero Lionel Messi, he of his potential involvement in San Sebastian: "He has taken a couple of knocks, but he will get better with time."

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