Barca won't take BATE lightly

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Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola insists his side will not be taking BATE Borisov lightly in the UEFA Champions League tonight.

The reigning La Liga and European champions arrived in Belarus yesterday without Anders Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez and Ibrahim Afellay, but are full of confidence following the 5-0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp.

Guardiola is eager to get the Group H campaign back on track after the 2-2 draw against AC Milan a fortnight ago though, and the Barca boss has done his homework to avoid a major upset.

"It is not their first time playing in the Champions League so they have already experienced in this type of competition," said Guardiola pre-match.

"This is a group that is accustomed to winning, well prepared, with potential, and last year it was a surprise. They are tough physically, dangerous in the air, and we will attack very orderly, which is the goal we always have.

"We will try know where are our spaces our, be patient and be very aware of what we're playing."


Viktor Goncharenko is well aware of the attacking threat posed by the Spanish side at the City Stadium, but insists his team can't forget their own forward-thinking abilities.

The game will also help his side develop further as a team in the future, and could stand BATE in good stead for years to come.

"Of course, you must have a plan A and plan B. Clearly, we may be required to change our game. Against Barcelona, that is difficult to do," Goncharenko said Monday.

"On the other hand, if you think about the complexities, you will not see the possibilities. And if we try to change the original plan, then open new opportunities for themselves. The lesson we get tomorrow will undoubtedly help us in the future.

"Afterwards, we will fully analyse the game. Barcelona are an example to follow. We all need to use this to make another step forward. We have had 10 days working on how to defend and attack in this match. This is a great distraction from the national championship."

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