Barcelona's Pep Guardiola: La Liga more important than Champions League

Coach keen for attention to turn towards defending league title ahead of home tie against bottom club Almeria at the weekend, with European competition placed on the back burner
The Champions League is not the priority for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as attention turns to the hard slog of domestic football.

The Primera Division leaders, who are eight points ahead of Real Madrid and face bottom club Almeria this weekend, are flying on all fronts following their 5-1 success over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League quarter-finals this week.

But Guardiola claims domestic matters are more important and won't leave anything to chance against the Andalucian strugglers.

"La Liga is the most important competition of the year," he told the press. "The Champions League has glamour, but the league is better for me, it makes me more excited."

The coach is taking nothing for granted ahead of the game against tailenders Almeria as they try to maintain their advatange over Madrid.

"They [Almeria] are in the situation they are in and they will play for everything in every game," he added.

"We don't know much about the new Almeria. They have another coach and new dynamics, and so they will be very dangerous.

"I have a feeling we may let some league points slip, but I hope it's not tomorrow. We have to be careful and responsible."

Mundo Deportivo
and Sport, meanwhile, report that Sandro Rosell, Pep Guardiola and a number of directors held a meeting to plan the future of the club on Friday afternoon with the Spanish coach's recent comments to Italian broadcaster RAI over his future believed to be one of the topics of conversation.

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