Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted that his club preferred the Clasico encounter versus Real Madrid at the end of November to be hosted on either the Sunday or the Monday evening.
Representatives of both clubs have voiced their displeasure at the fixture being scheduled for the Monday evening due to the Catalan elections taking place on the Sunday.
However, speaking in a press conference today, Guardiola admitted that due to the Blaugrana facing Panathinaikos in the Champions League in Athens on the Wednesday prior, the club as a whole are content with the scheduling of the match.
He remarked: “At Barcelona, we favoured playing on a Sunday or Monday. That gives us more days off, but if we had been forced to play on the Saturday, we would have done.
“Those who decide are the league, and they have understood that there are important elections in this country.”
Guardiola also joked about comments made earlier by opposite number Jose Mourinho, who stated that if he were president of Barcelona, he would offer Pep a 50-year contract at the Camp Nou.
He replied to the Portuguese: “I thought Mourinho might have wanted more. I would not feel very well if I was to be here for 50 years. In two years I have gone bald, so imagine 50 years.
“That is not the type of friend you want.”
Finally, Guardiola warned of the threat they face in Villarreal in this weekend’s league encounter, commenting: “They play very, very good football, and have very good players, and if you do not play with intensity against them, they can be dangerous.”