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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola unfazed by heavy Chivas defeat

The Champions League-winning boss isn't too worried about his side's friendly loss and is confident his team will be ready for the Spanish Supercopa.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted that the Catalans' preseason isn't going according to plan following their latest pre-season loss to Chivas de Guadalajara, but added that he is confident his players will deliver when it matters most.

The Spanish champion was beaten by Manchester United last week and was humbled on Wednesday as Chivas proved to be too strong, running out 4-1 winner.

"We are a bit behind on schedule for several reasons. However, I have a lot of confidence in these players and I know we'll play better in the league and the other competitions," Guardiola said in the post-match press conference.

"The Spanish Supercopa and European Supercup are pretty close, but we will improve in the upcoming weeks. The mentality of the players will make the difference. We need a bit more time. I know that there's not much more time left, but we'll be ready."

Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa on Aug. 14 at Santiago Bernabeu and meets its rival at Camp Nou three days later. The European Supercup against Porto will be played in Monaco on Aug. 26.

"We have to forget about this result and shift our focus to the upcoming games," Guardiola said. "This loss won't change anything for us."

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