Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola Worried For Players' Safety In Angola

The coach has also criticised journalists for exaggerating the Blaugrana's faults and merits...
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has expressed his concern over the shooting of the Togo team bus in the Angolan province of Cabinda.

Blaugrana stars Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita are both currently out in Angola with the Ivory Coast and Mali, and Guardiola insists that people's safety should now be the primary concern of all involved.

"We are trying [to contact Toure and Keita]," Guardiola told El Mundo.

"They are obliged to know the level of danger. Human life and everyone's safety is the most important thing of all."

Guardiola then turned to matters closer to hand, and criticised the journalists who had lambasted the Blaugrana after their surprising Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla in midweek.

The young trainer, who was recently named coach of the year by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics [IFFHS], said that both eulogies and criticisms of his team have been exaggerated in recent months.

"The eulogies were exaggerated and excessive - even when we won there were things that we didn't do well. When we lose the same thing happens, it's directly proportional."

Dmytro Chygrynskiy came in for heavy criticism after his performance against los Nervionenses, but Guardiola stepped in to deflect the flak being directed towards the former Shakhtar Donetsk stopper.

"He's strong, a very culturally and mentally prepared guy. I'm very happy with his integration, we will protect him to the full and little by little he will improve because he has the qualities. I watched him play against Sevilla and he played a lot better than the fans claim."

The Blaugrana travel to Tenerife on Sunday night as they look for their first victory of 2010.

Anthony Wright,