After last night's 0-0 draw between Espanyol and Barcelona in the local derby, both coaches reflected back on only the encouraging points of the match. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, whose team battled with 10 men for just short of half the match, would have been desperate to open a real gap at the top of the table.
The Barcelona coach set about stating that the draw was not a setback and the players showed great team spirit.
"The team is very strong and tomorrow we will still be league leaders," he said, knowing that with Real Madrid still to play this evening they can now close the gap to one point.
"It is a great pleasure leading these players in this spirit. We deserve fantastic credit to be where we are."
Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino certainly agreed with Guardiola about the ability of this Barca team, saying: "Opposite us were the best team in the world. It was a titanic struggle and there was enormous pressure."
Espanyol had chances to take all three points even when Barcelona had 11 men still on the pitch. "Our team deserves credit. I don't remember the last time Barcelona had so few shots on goal," said the home coach.
Espanyol did exploit some of Barca's weaker points, but whether their minds were already on Inter, ahead of their Champions League semi-final match-up, only time will tell.
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