Real Madrid v Barcelona

Guardiola demands Real scalp

January 18, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Pep Guardiola has his sights set on a first leg scalp of Real Madrid as Barcelona prepare to face their fierce rivals in the Copa del Rey at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola Barca presser
GettyImagesPep Guardiola's Barcelona travel to Real Madrid on Wednesday night

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The Primera Division giants lock horns in the quarter-finals of the competition, with Barcelona seeking revenge after they were defeated 1-0 by Real in last year's final.

Barca also find themselves five points behind Los Blancos in the league, and Guardiola is aware of the task that awaits his side, who triumphed 3-1 against Jose Mourinho's men in the league in December.

"Going to the Bernabeu we must be wise to get through," Guardiola said. "The only way to get a result and have the tie alive is to go to win the game. Madrid are the strongest opponents that we can find. Against Madrid you cannot feel a favourite.

"In sport there are no precedents. It matters what you do at the time. Tomorrow [Wednesday] is a new day and 90,000 people will support a team in white. You have to start again. That's the beauty. This work makes sense because it offers passion."

Guardiola also confirmed goalkeeper Jose Pinto will start versus Real, adding: "I have decided to play Pinto because he deserves it and is an excellent keeper."