Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino: Belief is key against Barcelona

The Argentine acknowledges that the reigning world, European and Spanish champions are a formidable outfit but he is no doubt that they can be beaten
Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino insists that his players will approach Sunday night’s derby against Barcelona believing that they can spring a surprise.

The hosts go into the game eighth in the table, 14 points behind their second-placed rivals, who to their La Liga and Champions League titles.

Pochettino admits that trying to come up with a game plan to bring down Barca is a daunting task but he disagrees with Osasuna counterpart Jose Luis Mendilibar’s assertion that Pep Guardiola’s side are virtually unbeatable.

"You cannot win a game with this mindset,” the Espanyol coach is quoted as saying by Marca. "It is impossible."

“For our part, we will go after them but with respect and modesty."

Pochettino acknowledges that it is one thing talking the talking and quite another actually walking the walk.

"Everybody has a lot of theories or formulas for beating Barca, but the truth to bring these theories into practice is quite difficult," he pointed out.

Espanyol go into the game on the back of an embarrassing 2-1 defeat by Segunda B outfit Cordoba in the Copa del Rey.

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