Sky Sports did a documentary about the Catalan manager where the people who knows him better talk about him
Pep Guardiola is one of the main characters of this Premier League. The English league starts this weekend and Manchester City play their first game on Saturday. Sky Sports started the preview of the season with an impressive documentary about Guardiola's life. The work includes interviews with a lot of friends, realtives and players that Pep has managed to show the personality of the Catalan coach.
The best 10 quotes of the documentary
“I told him he was the chosen one to be Barça’s coach and he said, ‘You wouldn’t have the balls'. But at the same time he said, ‘Remember, you know that with me as a coach you will win everything.’ And it happened. The reality, though, was much better than our expectations” Joan Laporta.
“What is Pep? Pep is love” Joan Laporta.
“What Pep really hates is losing the ball. In Barca’s philosophy, losing possession is irresponsible. It’s just not good football. If you lost the ball in the middle of the pitch, you knew Pep would be there, fuming on the touchline.” Xavi Hernández.
“The high pressing we did was brilliant. It was a real football revolution. We made history. Not just for the victories, but also for the way we played. He didn’t just change Barca, he changed world football.” Xavi Hernández.
“Once, when we were talking, he told me, ‘Maybe the most important job that I did was to get all these fantastic players like Messi, Iniesta, Xavi to work hard together, without the ball, to recover the ball.’ Gianluca Nani, Brescia’s sports director when Guardiola played for the Italian club.
“He was happier that his contributions helped improve the team rather than him simply having a good game. He was already a coach" Juanma Lillo.
“We have only words of gratitude for Cruyff, because he was like a second father to him” Valentí Guardiola, Pep’s father.
“He had a really hard time at the beginning. Pep said to me at one point, ‘I swear dad, I’m fed up because I can’t do anything right for Cruyff. He’s always on top of me.” Valentí Guardiola.
"You could see immediately that he was very intelligent. Because of the position he was in, it was very important to talk a lot, to help the players in front of him. You’re very used to this in the UK but in other countries it’s not so common. But Pep did that from a very early stage, he definitely had a great vision and he knew what he had to do and how he wanted to play.” Michael Laudrup.
“His philosophy will work, because that’s how he his.” Thierry Henry.