There is still one obstacle ahead.
The Blaugrana will face Estudiantes in the final should they win, but Guardiola wanted to concentrate on the immediate future. Speaking to Marca ahead of the game, he said, "The final does not exist in my head."
"Our name does not mean we will win. I know the players well, and I know they are focused.
"They are conscious of how difficult is was to get here."
Guardiola then paid tribute to Atlante, continuing, "We know that we can lose against any team in the world."
"We will have to play very well to reach the final."
Finally, the coach talked about the prospects of some players under an injury cloud, stating, "We will wait to see how Messi evolves."
"Keita has a small muscular problem that is disturbing him."
Arjun Miglani, Goal.com
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