Guardiola: Sometimes it's good for Barcelona to lose

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The Manchester City boss has denied that his former club have had a poor start to the season, but believes a few bad results can help a team improve

Pep Guardiola says Barcelona have not had a poor start to the season, and believes his old club’s recent poor form could be a good thing.

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Barca have won just three of their last eight games in all competitions, including a run of three draws in their last four, heading into Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid.

On Wednesday they could only manage a 1-1 Copa del Rey draw with Hercules, who are 10 points behind Barca B in the third tier of Spanish football.

It was put to Guardiola that Barca, who he represented as both player and coach, have had a poor start to the campaign, but he disagreed.

“I don’t think it’s a bad start,” he said. “Barcelona are there to be able to win the league. Tomorrow I hope they can win.

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“They’ve qualified well in the Champions League, they are in all the competitions. Sincerely, when teams win so, so, so many games, they lose a title or they lose from time to time, it’s good, and for Barca it’s very good.

“It will be a great game and I hope they can demonstrate what they are.”

Barca are six points behind Madrid heading into Saturday’s game at Camp Nou.