Tag Archives: Pep Guardiola

Pep Confirms his return

                        The ex-Blaugrana boss has confirmed that he will return to the game next term, but is yet to decide on his destination Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has revealed his intention to return to coaching next season. The tactician has been absent from the game since his […]

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A Long Wait for Another Cruyff – the End of a Saga

It is often noted that players with extraordinary technical ability do not go on to become good coaches. The game comes so naturally to these type of footballers that they struggle to convey their message when they make the transition from pitch to bench. But there is an exception to every rule and, in this […]

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Arsenal Number 1 on Guardiola’s list

Representatives of the former Barcelona manager have let it be known to the north London club that he would be very keen to be considered for the manager’s job if it was to become available next year. Guardiola, who is on a year’s sabbatical in New York, is in the frame for leading posts in […]

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Pep Guardiola the perfectionist

The former Barcelona manager would get guarantees denied others at Stamford Bridge but would he really fit there? The day Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Barcelona he walked out of the Camp Nou offices, gathered the media round him and let rip. “The philosopher broke my heart,” he spat. The philosopher was Pep Guardiola and the phrase […]

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Off with his head – Abramovich sacks Di Matteo

After steering Chelsea to a historic Champions League trophy that had eluded owner Roman Abramovich since he bought the club, Chelsea have sacked Roberto Di Matteo.  Ironically, it was after a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the same competition and the prospect of being knocked-out in the group stages that led to his sacking.  TKTG […]

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How Pep Guardiola got the Barcelona players on his side

Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona were suffering an unstoppable decline into decadence, the dressing room lacking discipline and spirit. Ronaldinho had lost his status as the most exciting player on the planet, the president Joan Laporta had only just survived in office and Catalan self-esteem was at its lowest ebb for decades. At that point Pep Guardiola […]

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Is Loyalty Barca’s Greatest Strength?

When Lionel Messi declared this week, at the relatively young age of 25, that he wants to spend the rest of his career at Barcelona, it provided an insight  as to why the Spanish club has dominated world football in recent years. A hot favorite to be named the world’s best player for an unprecedented fourth […]

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The way we play – An interview with Iniesta

They have seen better nights. Quite a lot of them, in fact. In a village of La Mancha, there is a bar. The village is called Fuentealbilla and has a population of just 1,864; the bar is called the Luján and it is run, as it has been for as long as anyone can remember, […]

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Why Mancini can’t get it right in Europe

When Roberto Mancini’s rage against the slow death of Manchester City’s Champions League aspirations finally fizzles out, it will be replaced by the recognition of a brutal truth. Mancini was the flesh and blood embodiment of all the frustration this competition has brought City as he stalked on to the pitch carrying bitter disappointment and […]

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Guardiola in Chelsea Picture

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is again being linked with a move to Chelsea after intimating that he could make his return to football in London. … It is thought the Gunners are monitoring his situation in the event that Arsene Wenger opts to call time on his long career in North London. … But […]

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