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Guardiola: Messi as dominant as Jordan

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 by ESPN116 hits

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola likened Lionel Messi to basketball great Michael Jordan. While American Jordan ruled the NBA and set a host of records at the peak of his career with the Chicago Bulls, so Messi, at the age of 24, is achieving unprecedented feats in football. He set the Barcelona goals record in tonight's 5-3 Primera Division win over with Granada at the Nou Camp. Messi equalled...Full Story »

Barcelona vice-president Carles Villarrubi: Pep Guardiola will stay

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by Goal.com137 hits

Barcelona vice-president Carles Villarrubi has said that he is certain that coach Pep Guardiola will stay at the club beyond the end of the season. The 41-year-old trainer's current deal expires in the summer and he has always been cryptic when asked if he plans to sign a new contract with the club. Inter and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in Guardiola, but the feeling at Camp N...Full Story »

Guardiola doesn't want to face Milan

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by ESPN172 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes that of all the strong teams to reach the quarter-finals, he wishes to avoid AC Milan after meeting them in the group stages. Barcelona were rampant against Bayer Leverkusen last week with Lionel Messi grabbing a record five-goal haul. They have been tipped by many as likely to retain their Champions League trophy but the likes of arch rivals Real Madrid...Full Story »

Guardiola 'more important' to Barcelona: Messi

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by YAHOO Sport60 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisted on Monday that coach Pep Guardiola is "more important" to the Catalan club than he is, a day after taking his tally for the season to a remarkable 50 goals. Reigning Ballon d'Or Messi scored five times in Barcelona's 7-1 Champions League last-16 second-leg victory against Bayer Leverkusen last Wednesday before netting both goals in the 2-0 La Liga victory at...Full Story »

Barcelona's Guardiola after Racing Santander victory: Penalty was not decisive

Posted Monday, March 12, 2012 by Goal.com135 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has played down the importance of Lionel Messi's goal from the penalty spot in Sunday's 2-0 victory against Racing Santander. The Argentina international made no mistake from 12 yards in the 56th minute after Cesc Fabregas had been brought down inside the area by Domingo Cisma, doubling Barca's lead. Racing's players claimed it should not have been a penalty, bu...Full Story »

Guardiola: Barca morale solid

Posted Sunday, March 04, 2012 by ESPN132 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says Saturday's 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon without the help of star player Lionel Messi has boosted dressing room morale. Messi was suspended for the game and Barca sealed the win with goals from Andres Iniesta, Seydou Keita and Xavi. The win closed the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to seven points, but it was not an easy victory as David Barral's 49th-min...Full Story »

Guardiola: Chivas move not in my plans

Posted Saturday, March 03, 2012 by Goal.com99 hits

Barcelona trainer Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports linking him with the coaching position at Chivas. Earlier this week the Mexican outfit announced the appointment of Johan Cruyff as an advisor, and ever since rumors have surfaced that the 41-year-old coach could follow his former mentor to the club. Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side's Liga clash with Sporting Gijon, Guardi...Full Story »

Guardiola concedes La Liga title fight

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by ESPN140 hits

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola admitted the La Liga title is all but lost, though he has promised the team will fight till the end. After watching Barcelona carve out a strenuous away victory against Atletico Madrid, Guardiola applauded his team's character and believed that his players reacted well by keeping their style of play despite conceding an equalizer. "We have passed a difficult ...Full Story »

Dani Alves: Barcelona nothing without Guardiola

Posted Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Supersport.com114 hits

Barcelona defender Dani Alves is "convinced" that Pep Guardiola will sing a new deal with the Catalans and insists that they would be "nothing" without their coach. Guardiola, who has led the club to 13 titles since taking charge in 2008, is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to decide whether to sign one of his customary one-year extensions. However, Dani Alves remains opt...Full Story »

Alves bemoans Barca without Guardiola

Posted Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Supersport.com51 hits

Brazilian defender Dani Alves on Wednesday said Barcelona would be "nothing" without Pep Guardiola, as the coach ponders whether to renew his contract at the Nou Camp. "I think that Guardiola will sign again because without him we're nothing. Without him we'd lose our anchor and we'd drift away. Guardiola has given us stability," Alves told a news conference in Barcelona. Guardiola's contrac...Full Story »

Xavi expects Guardiola to stay at Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Supersport.com98 hits

Barcelona playmaker Xavi is confident that coach Pep Guardiola will sign a new deal with the club. Guardiola's existing contract with the Catalans expires at the end of the current campaign and the former Spain international has yet to give any indication as to whether he will sign an extension. However, while Xavi is reluctant to second-guess his coach, the veteran midfielder remains optimi...Full Story »

Messi hopes Guardiola extends contract

Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Supersport.com115 hits

Lionel Messi hopes coach Pep Guardiola will extend his contract and stay on at Barcelona beyond this season, the World Player of the Year said after scoring four times in a 5-1 hammering of Valencia in La Liga on Sunday. Guardiola, who prefers to renew his deal on a year-by-year basis, said in the pre-match news conference on Saturday he needed more time to decide on his future. "He knows wh...Full Story »

No deadline for Guardiola extension

Posted Monday, February 20, 2012 by ESPN139 hits

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola's contract expires over the summer, but the club has insisted that both parties have time to sort things out. Despite Los Cules' supporters growing increasingly fearful of over the manager's departure, the Catalan side's management team remain unruffled by the situation. The club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Canal Plus that Barcelona will afford ...Full Story »

Guardiola still putting off contract extension

Posted Sunday, February 19, 2012 by Supersport.com111 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is still putting off a decision on extending his contract beyond the end of this season, saying on Saturday he needed more time to make up his mind whether to remain in charge of the Spanish, European and world champions. "Right now I would rather take a bit more time and when I have decided I'll inform the club," the 41-year-old former Barca and Spain midfielder...Full Story »

Guardiola still undecided over Barcelona future

Posted Sunday, February 19, 2012 by YAHOO Sport55 hits

Pep Guardiola says he still hasn’t decided whether he wants to continue coaching Barcelona beyond this season. The 41-year-old Guardiola, who has won 13 out of a possible 16 titles since taking over the European champions nearly four seasons ago, says he needs to “find the motivation to continue, and it still isn’t clear to me.” Guardiola signed consecutive one-year ext...Full Story »

Vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu: I do not think that Guardiola's story with Barcelona is over

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2012 by YAHOO Sport52 hits

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that Pep Guardiola will not leave the club at the end of the season. The 41-year-old coach's current deal expires at the end of the summer and he has been non-committal whenever asked if he wants to extend his stay at Camp Nou. Bartomeu gave a strong indication that Guardiola is interested in a new deal and labeled the coach as the bes...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola insists Gerard Pique is untouchable at Barcelona

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by YAHOO Sport146 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists that Gerard Pique is still a key player for the Blaugrana despite his exclusion from the match squad in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. The center back did not feature in the first leg of Barca's round of 16 tie with the Germans, but Guardiola stressed that his omission had nothing to do with his relatively disappointing per...Full Story »

Flawless Barca pleases Guardiola

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by ESPN88 hits

Pep Guardiola saw Barcelona put in a flawless display on Tuesday to record a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie. A brace from Alexis Sanchez and a goal from Lionel Messi ensured Barca are in a commanding position despite Leverkusen scoring through Michal Kadlec for the second leg in Spain. Leverkusen had frustrated Guardiola's side in the ...Full Story »

Leverkusen pose physical test for Barca, says Guardiola

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by YAHOO Sport59 hits

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP)—Barcelona defender Dani Alves says his side will keep fighting for the Spanish title despite falling 10 points behind Real Madrid. Alves says, “As long as the title remains undecided, we’ll keep fighting and we’ll see what happens in the end.” The Brazilian was speaking Monday before Barcelona’s Champions League match in Leverkusen o...Full Story »

Guardiola feels the pain of defeat

Posted Sunday, February 12, 2012 by ESPN211 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says the real pain of Saturday's 3-2 loss to Osasuna will only be felt the day after. Second-placed Barca were trailing La Liga leaders Real Madrid by seven points prior to Saturday's defeat in Pamplona. As a result, Guardiola's side could now find themselves as much as 10 points behind in the title race should Madrid beat Levante on Sunday. "Distancing ourselve...Full Story »

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