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The coach knows that his side can lose, but wants them to go out playing the only way they know how...

Pep Guardiola wants his Barcelona team to be "daring" against Manchester United in the Champions League final and doesn't want them to curb their natural attacking instincts.

The Catalans head into the match on the verge of an historic treble after already winning the domestic double in Spain.

Speaking to the press this evening, Guardiola stressed that he does not want his players to be afraid to play in Rome.

"I want the players to feel good, to feel beautiful, like they are playing in front of the whole world. I want them to be daring and I want to show the world how good we are. That's our attitude," he stated.

"In finals there is always an element that it's all or nothing. You might be afraid to play but this is something we have to leave in the dressing room. I would not like to come away thinking we could have done it differently. We are going out there to play our way, to play the ball."

Certainly Guardiola's words show a sense of purpose and desire, but the coach knows that his side can still lose on Wednesday.

"It's possible that we'll play poorly and we'll be totally overrun by Manchester United. We cannot deny that it has been a fantastic season but it could still finish badly," he commented.

""In football things can change very suddenly and the small things can change your life. We have had a good season but there's still a lot to do."

As expected, Guardiola was also asked at the press conference about the battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"For me never mind the opinion about Ronaldo and Messi. Both are marvellous players. Messi I am sure is going to have a good game if we get our tactics right. The most important thing is we're going to try to play a good game," he stated.

Lastly, Guardiola yet again showed his modesty by playing down his importance in Barcelona's success this season.

"The football is for the players. That's the most important thing. I shout and nobody listens to me. I will try to focus on the first half and remain calm. Then I'll give the team the most important words for the second half and try to win," he concluded.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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