ROME - Barcelona will play their natural game and not curb their attacking instincts in Wednesday's Champions League final against Manchester United, coach Pep Guardiola said. Guardiola's prolific side have already won the Spanish League and King's Cup and can add the European title to their haul in his first season in charge with victory in Rome, which would be the first treble by a Spanish club. They have netted 30 goals in 12 matches since the group stage of this year's Champions League and Guardiola said Barca had no intention of adopting a more defensive approach against the Premier League champions. "I want the players to feel good, to feel beautiful, like they are playing in front of the whole world," the 38-year-old told a news conference at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday. "I want them to be daring and I want to show the world how good we are. That's our attitude," he added. "In finals there is always an element that it's all or nothing. You might be afraid to play but this is something we have to leave in the dressing room. "I would not like to come away thinking we could have done it differently. We are going out there to play our way, to play the ball." Guardiola cautioned that while the season had gone extremely well so far it could all end badly on Wednesday. "It's also possible that we'll play poorly and we'll be totally overrun by Manchester United," he said. "We cannot deny that it has been a fantastic season but it could still finish badly. "In football things can change very suddenly and the small things can change your life. We have had a good season but there's still a lot to do." NOBODY LISTENS He played down his importance in Barca's success. "The football is for the players. That's the most important thing. I shout and nobody listens to me," he said. "I will try to focus on the first half and remain calm. Then I'll give the team the most important words for the second half and try to win." Asked about the much anticipated showdown between Barca's Argentine foward Lionel Messi and United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, he said: "For me never mind the opinion about Ronaldo and Messi. Both are marvellous players. "Messi I am sure is going to make a good game if we get our tactics right. The most important thing is we're going to try to play a good game." NEWS: Sheringham tips Reds to reign in Rome NEWS: Evra - Marking Messi will be easy peasy NEWS: Messi - Classy Catalans deserve to win in Rome NEWS: Rijkaard: United have got no chance NEWS: Rio's Rome hopes hinge on Hull NEWS: Henry and Iniesta on course for final NEWS: O'Shea coy on Rome start speculation NEWS: Ferguson anticipating fantastic final NEWS: Foreign Office advice for fans heading to Rome NEWS: All white on the night for Reds in Rome UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter BARCELONA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Samuel Eto'o, Cesc Fabregas Web Exclusives Cesc Fabregas, Gary Lineker One on One Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronald Koeman Plus! Rate Barca players (and others) on Talentspotter
26 May 2009
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