Barcelona boss delighted with Malaga win

The Catalans won the game 2-1 and keeps their lead at the top of the table

Guardiola told AS: “We did not change our system.

“We made some small changes. But the structure is the same.

“The important thing is that we played very well, with excellent posession and control of the ball. It was one of our better home games.

“We were far better than our last games.”

He continued: “We wanted to play in the middle, with short passes.

“The second goal was very important. Messi played in the middle to link up more with Ibrahimovic.

“Lately it seemed as though we could lose to any team. But today we showed a great level.

“I asked the referee to forgive me for applauding sarcastically when he booked Pique.”