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Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola would rather have done direct battle with opposition boss Jose Mourinho but accepts the reasons for the Portuguese's touchline ban

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted after his side's Champions League semi-final 1-1 draw with Real Madrid that he would have preferred to have seen Jose Mourinho present in the visitors' dugout.

Mourinho, a former assistant coach of Barcelona, received a touchline ban in the wake of his antics during the first-leg when he objected to a red card shown to Pepe for a challenge on Daniel Alves.

"I prefer that the other coach is there but on the other hand I too have been banned from games after being sent off," he was quoted by Eurosport.

Guardiola went on to put into context what his side had achieved although he was also quick to turn attention to domestic matters and ensure Barcelona retain La Liga: "We put a great deal of effort into it. It was a good achievement after a tough season, especially to knock out Real Madrid. The day is now over and we just want to enjoy this moment.

"Now we must think about the league and get our players back in order to win the league and then to play the [Champions League] final. Such matches are decided by the details."


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