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Guardiola Looks Back at His Time with Barca

  • AS, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:08 PM
In interview with the magazine Audi Annual Report, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola opened up about his three years in charge of Barcelona, a time when the Spaniard won an astonishing 14 trophies with the Catalan giant. Guardiola reveals that he left the club because it became difficult to motivate players after so much success.

“We were incredibly successful,” he said. “Fourteen trophies in just four years; it was the best period in the club’s history. But that can also be a burden. I progressively encountered more difficulties in motivating myself and the team. I had won everything with Barça, both as a player and as a coach. And I realized that it was getting more and more difficult for the team.”

Despite Barca’s success under him, “there were a lot of sad moments,” Guardiola said. “When Barcelona lost to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League semifinals – that was one of them. We were much better than our opponent, but we conceded a needless goal in the second leg and, before we knew it, we were out. That was a big defeat for me. I felt as if I couldn’t lift my team again.” At that point, he concluded: “If you can’t motivate your players anymore, as a coach, you know the time has come to leave.”

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