Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has claimed that Real Madrid remain an equally dangerous team, with or without the addition of striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The 26-year-old arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu this week on a six-month loan deal from Manchester City, as Los Blancos attempt to close the gap on the champions.
Speaking to the media today ahead of tomorrow’s match in Alicante against Hercules, Guardiola said of the Togolese forward: “He is a very good player, but for me Madrid are always dangerous, with or without Adebayor.
“They are very strong, and will fail very little. It has taken us many points to get ahead in the last three campaigns, and it will remain so at the end of this season.”
Hercules are the only side to have defeated Barcelona in the league this season, but Guardiola feels that his team are better prepared for this match, citing tiredness from the World Cup as a reason for his side’s surprising defeat on matchday two.
He added: “We did not have a typical pre-season, we had players who had won the World Cup, and there were some who had barely trained, but they won because they were better.”