Guardiola promises fans will see ‘new players’ in BATE Borisov game


Pep Guardiola says home fans will get to see ‘new players’ whom he has encouraged ‘not to be afraid of anything’ on Tuesday when they host a BATE Borisov side in need of a surprise victory at the Camp Nou to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive.

The Barcelona boss told UEFA.com: “I love training the youth players. It’s great to work with them and we will prepare well for BATE, a team playing for third place. We will fight, create chances and run a lot. The players will learn from the Champions League and the crowd will see new players.

“BATE are a team who have lost an important striker [Vitali Rodionov], one of their most important players. They were very defensive in the other match so we will see what they do. They could be more ambitious or just as defensive, but Champions League clubs deserve all my respect.

“I will field the best possible team because our intention is to win. I know who will play. I want them to be bold, not to play under pressure, show off all their talent and not be afraid of anything. They just have to play and enjoy it.”

Barca will be defending an incredible unbeaten home run of 40 games in all competitions and have not conceded in 810 minutes at the Camp Nou since Thiago Silva’s late equaliser for AC Milan in the first group game. Having already qualified for the knockout stages, however, thoughts are unsurprisingly turning to Saturday’s first El Cl

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