Pep keeps Barca grounded

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Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is planning to keep both his and the players' feet on the ground after yet more success for the club last night.

The 40-year-old scooped the FIFA Coach of the Year award at a lavish ceremony in Zurich last night, whilst Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi claimed the Ballon d'Or for a third consecutive year.

But whilst the individual honours continued to come in for the Catalan-based outfit, Guardiola is well aware that his side are five points off the pace in La Liga, and will have to work extremely hard to continue their dominance in both Spanish and European football.

"In football a team’s success or failure hangs by a thread," the Spaniard told after claiming his award ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

"It might seem that because we’ve been successful in the past and we’re very young this is going to last, but you have to take things very carefully. It’s extremely difficult to build something good and strong, but letting it slide is much easier."

"We didn’t need Sunday's game to know that the competition is ever more fierce. But we’re going to keep trying, that’s the least we can do. I don’t know if we’ll keep winning, but I’m certain we won’t stop trying."

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