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Guardiola happy with team after 5-0 win over Basel

Guardiola happy with team after 5-0 win over Basel

FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola praised his players after they thrashed FC Basel 5-0 to be the only club to have gained maximum points so far in the group stage of the Champions League.
Teenager Bojan Krkic scored twice at Basel's St. Jakob Park on Wednesday, while the other goals came from Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Xavi Hernandez.
"It's a luxury to be able to coach these players. Bojan, Messi, (Samuel) Eto'o, (Thierry) Henry. The way they work, the way they link up. It is never easy to win a Champions League game in this way and they have managed it," Guardiola was quoted as saying by sports daily Mundo Deportivo on Thursday.
"More than the result, I prefer how it was achieved, how they respected our opponents and played with maximum intensity."
Barcelona had already won 6-1 against Sporting Gijon and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league. It has now scored 29 goals in 10 Champions League and Spanish league games this season. The team is on an eight-game winning streak.
Guardiola's only previous coaching experience before he replaced the fired Frank Rijkaard in July was with Barcelona's reserve team last season.
Yet the 37-year-old Guardiola, a key midfielder for Barcelona in the 1990s, has answered those who questioned whether he was too raw to take responsibility for one of the world's biggest teams.
He began by guiding Barcelona into the Champions League group stages and has had only one setback _ a surprise 1-0 defeat at promoted Numancia in the opening league game of the season.
Barcelona is fourth in the league, three points behind leader Valencia after seven rounds. The team tops Champions League Group C, its nine points from three games making qualification for the second round a virtual formality.
Guardiola said he will continue to rotate his players as he aims to gain Barcelona's first major silverware since 2006.
"We are in October, it's a long season and I like to opt for fresh players in order to play fast football. I have faith in everyone and if I can I will use them all, although with time we'll be playing with a more fixed team," Guardiola said.
However, Guardiola warned his players they must not take anything for granted against Almeria in Saturday's league match.
"The result (in Basel) is no help to us with a view to the match with Almeria," Guardiola said.
Eto'o, who has scored six league goals, is expected to return to the side after being rested on Wednesday.