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Barcelona boss Guardiola: Tonight should be fantastic

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is counting on a "fantastic" encounter tonight against Real Madrid.

Guardiola knows how tough the match will be for his team, but is excited at the prospect of a "fantastic" game.

"I hope it will be a fantastic game," the coach told PA Sport in a press conference. "It's very difficult to avoid over-excitement with Madrid coming here. That's normal."

"Real Madrid are not just spectacular, they are also physical, effective, quick and direct while remaining well-organised and very strong. Mourinho knows that we will go out to attack and they will do it when they can. If we lose, I want to be able to say 'we've been Barca'.

"They have always been a good team and always will be. I anticipate how Real Madrid are going to play and they know how we are going to play. There will be no surprises.

"Madrid are the team with the best counter-attack in the world. They've done this for a long time and for a team to play on the counter the other has to attack. And this is going to be us.

"It's going to be a beautiful game. We aren't going to change anything, we will protect ourselves but we aren't going to play deeper. I don't want that and it will also send a message to the players that I'm scared.

"We are going to do the same as always. We will try to win and do it in the best way possible.

"Madrid seem strong to me. I've beaten Madrid four times, but I know that sooner or later I'm going to lose against them."

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