L'Équipe has revealed some of the pages of Johan Cruyff autobiography, a book called 'Memories' that will be presented next week. In those pages one of the best stories concerns Pep Guardiola, current Manchester City manager. Back when Cruyff was Barcelona's coach and Pep just a young player, the club wanted to sell him. But Cruyff said no.
"Barcelona wanted to sell him. They thought he was to skunny, not good enough defending, not good in the air. What nobody saw is that he had all the qualities to arrive to the top. He was intelligent, quick executor, technician. If I hadn't been at the club, probably they would have sold him to a Second Division club", says Cruyff.
Also related with Guardiola, Cruyff says this about the moment the Catalan accepted to be Barcelona's manager: "The golden rule. He had to be the boss. Take the decisions, take the responsibility. He did the same way as me".