La Liga - Guardiola: Rosell 5-0 prediction impossible
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has quashed club president Sandro Rosell's prediction that his side will beat Real Madrid 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final later this month, arguing that the prospect is "impossible".
Guardiola's side drubbed Madrid 5-0 when the sides met at the Nou Camp in La Liga earlier in the season, prompting Rosell's prediction.
But the Barcelona coach was keen to swiftly play down the provocative and inflammatory forecast of his boss for the clash at the Mestalla on April 20.
"It is impossible to win the final 5-0 - impossible. I do not know if these words will be motivational for Madrid. I know the president's intent was not to offend," Guardiola said diplomatically.
"In my opinion it could have been avoided. The president is the most responsible person of the institution. He explained the reason for this assertion. It was a charity event and the higher the bet the more was received."
He joked: "I don't want to justify it but, if you asked me and it was to collect food for the needy, I would have said we will win 60-0!
"If I had said 60-0 it would not have produced this debate."
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta also sought to make light of Rosell's remarks.
"I would be content with a 1-0 win," he said.
"What the president said is simply an anecdote - let's hope we can get back to talking about football again on Saturday."
Rosell had said: "I bet on a 5-0 in the cup final, so as not to lose the habit."