BARCELONA - Barcelona will stay true to
their attacking instincts when they defend a 2-0 lead over
arch-rivals Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final
second leg, according to midfielder Xavi.
"They (Real) will need to go out and look for the game
more," the Spanish World Cup winner told a news conference on
Monday ahead of the clash at the Nou Camp.
"They've lived on a counter-attacking game and been ultra
defensive, but we have to be prepared for them to play higher up
the pitch tomorrow," he added.
"Whatever happens though, Barca will stay true to their own
way of playing. Our game won't change at all.
"We always attack and never try and sit back and defend a
lead - we don't know any other way to play and our fans would
never let us."
Real striker Karim Benzema, who sat through last week's
ill-tempered first leg on the bench but is expected to start on
Tuesday, refused to throw in the towel and insisted the
nine-times winners can still make the May 28 final in London.
"We need goals, so we will look for them," the French
"Nothing is set in stone in football and we can end up
winning the tie.
"We will have to defend well in order to score goals. It's
important to keep a clean sheet."
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