Before the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa meeting against Real Madrid, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has suggested that Madrid are better than his team at the moment.
The first leg ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw, with Barcelona holding the advantage with two away goals. However, it wasn't their trademark dominating display. Madrid were the side playing the attractive brand of football, while Barca misplaced a shocking number of passes, by their own high standards, and were more reliant on the smash-and-grab.
It was a point noted by Guardiola, who admitted that his team had a lot of work to do, despite the favourable result.
"In the first leg, Madrid were better, in these three days we have improved some things, but I believe they are still better," he said."That is the feeling I have, but every match is a story. If the return leg were in two weeks, it would be different. We will have to play better than we did at the Santiago Bernabeu to win the Supercopa.
"We will have to play with the kind of speed we could not put in our game the other day. Three days have passed, we have trained really well."
At half-time in the first leg, Barca announced the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal, and Guardiola has revealed that the 24-year-old could play a part in the second leg after impressing in his training sessions.
"He has trained very well, a lot of time alone, and also some bits with the team. He will surely be in the squad, but (Wednesday) we will see if he will play the whole 90 minutes or not."