“I am very satisfied with our performance because we did not lose the ball,” Guardiola said.
“We have won three more points, we know how significant the game against Real Madrid is, but at the end of the day they are just three more points.”
He continued: “We wanted to run faster than the ball, but the ball is faster than the legs. We were over-excited in the first half. We were seeking a more intense rhythm. But we lost possession and this makes things difficult. In the second half we corrected things, but I want to congratulate Real Madrid on their defensive work.”
He added: “I sensed that we would not lose the game. Sometimes as a player I went to the Bernabeu with the same feeling, but we either drew or lost. It was like an away game against a team that loves to counter-attack. They are dangerous playing in that style, and when they are so organized at the back it is difficult.”