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Roma's new coach Luis Enrique - the next best thing to Barcelona's Pep Guardiola

Posted Thursday, June 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport86 hits

Former Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique announced yesterday that he has agreed to replace interim boss Vincenzo Montella at Roma, and though at least one notable figure in the Giallorossi hierarchy might have wanted Pep Guardiola himself to be brought in at Trigoria, it seems they have taken on a man of the same mold. With their target of squeezing into the Champions League spots at the end of la...Full Story »

Xavi: We're the best - Barca midfielder hails Guardiola's troops

Posted Tuesday, June 07, 2011 by skysports.com94 hits

Xavi: Spain star believes Barca are top of the charts of the past 20 seasons Barcelona ace Xavi has claimed the European champions are the best team of the last 20 years and hailed Lionel Messi as the best player of all time. The Catalan giants swept all before them once again in the recently-completed season and the Spain international insists they come top of the charts from the past two dec...Full Story »

Guardiola fidgets on throne of brilliant Barcelona

Posted Sunday, May 29, 2011 by YAHOO Sport87 hits

LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) - After Barcelona’s dazzling Champions League triumph over Manchester United, manager Pep Guardiola should be contemplating how to extend his club’s European hegemony, yet his future remains uncertain. The 40-year-old has only been in charge for three seasons but such is the mental strain of being at the helm of an institution that is so much more than a foo...Full Story »

Champions League: Guardiola to stay as Barcelona boss

Posted Sunday, May 29, 2011 by BBC.com196 hits

Guardiola has led Barca to two Champions League titles in three years Pep Guardiola wants to stay on as Barcelona coach after leading his team to a second Champions League title in three seasons. Before Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday at Wembley there had been speculation it might have been Guardiola's last game as coach. "I've the intention to continue one more year and afte...Full Story »

Guardiola: Ferguson was right not to sign me

Posted Saturday, May 28, 2011 by YAHOO Sport140 hits

While Alex Ferguson speaks wistfully about his failure to sign Pep Guardiola as a player, the Barcelona manager is convinced that his Manchester United counterpart was right not to take him to Old Trafford 10 years ago. As he prepared to take on Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final at Wembley, Ferguson lamented a missed opportunity to link up with Guardiola while he was still a ...Full Story »

Malaga vs Barcelona preview - Guardiola to ring changes

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA126 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola may rest most of his stars for the Primera Division finale at Malaga but has called on those who do play to show him that they could step up for the Champions League final. The Catalans celebrated retaining the league title in style last weekend with an on-field singsong as they lifted the trophy in front of their fans at the Nou Camp after a goalless draw agains...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna preview - Guardiola offers Barca assurance

Posted Sunday, May 15, 2011 by PA39 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has reassured the teams battling against relegation at the bottom of the Primera Division that his side will set out to win their remaining games, starting at home to Deportivo La Coruna. Barca were confirmed as champions of Spain for the third season running after drawing 1-1 at Levante on Wednesday and with a Champions League final date against Manchester United ...Full Story »

Guardiola thought of leaving Barca

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by Supersport.com156 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola considered walking away from the Camp Nou this season, a report in the Spanish press suggested on Thursday. El Pais made the claim, suggesting Guardiola's morale had been dented by attacks on his character by former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the verbal jousting with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. "Guardiola, threatened by Irbahimovic at the start and atta...Full Story »

Former Barcelona defender Ronald Koeman: Pep Guardiola’s side is better than 'dream team'

Posted Saturday, May 07, 2011 by YAHOO Sport58 hits

Former Barcelona defender Ronald Koeman believes that the Pep Guardiola’s side are better than the club's 'dream team' of the 1990s. The Netherlands legend was part of Johan Cruyff’s historic unit that won four successive Primera Division titles between 1991 and 1994 and also emerged victorious in the European Cup in 1992. However, the current Barca team led by Guardiola are set to...Full Story »

Barcelona coach Guardiola praises team

Posted Wednesday, May 04, 2011 by YAHOO Sport50 hits

BARCELONA (AFP) - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola praised his team for reaching the Champions League final and believes it is a victory for their style of attacking football against bitter rivals Real Madrid. The Catalan side came through with a 3-1 aggregate victory after two stormy matches. It was always going to be an extremely difficult task for Real to turn around their 2-0 defeat at home b...Full Story »

Guardiola tells Barca to finish job against Real

Posted Tuesday, May 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport75 hits

BARCELONA (AFP) - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says his team's weekend defeat by Real Sociedad was a timely warning ahead of Tuesday's second leg of their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, who they lead 2-0. Last week they came out on top in a stormy first leg in Madrid that was characterised more by cynical challenges and play-acting than on-pitch excitement. Billed as a contest ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview - Guardiola dismisses Real concerns

Posted Tuesday, May 03, 2011 by PA847 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says Real Madrid have no grounds to complain about his side ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Nou Camp. Madrid reported Barca for unsporting conduct during last week's first leg at the Bernabeu, in which defender Pepe and coach Jose Mourinho were dismissed for the hosts, and have also accused Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets of racially a...Full Story »

Sociedad loss real wake up call, says Guardiola

Posted Monday, May 02, 2011 by YAHOO Sport46 hits

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said his side's 2-1 loss at Real Sociedad was a timely wake up call ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg match against arch rivals Real Madrid. Sociedad came from behind to secure a surprise win and end Barcelona's 32-game unbeaten league record stretching back to mid-September, when they lost 2-0 at home to Hercules. Barcelona ...Full Story »

Focus on La Liga, Guardiola tells players

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by Supersport.com63 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has told his players to forget this week's controversial Champions League clash at arch rivals Real Madrid and concentrate on Saturday's La Liga match at home to mid-table Real Sociedad (1800). "We have to remember that a large part of the league title is at stake at a stadium which is very tough," Guardiola told a news conference on Friday, two days after the il...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola: Barcelona have taken a big step towards the title

Posted Sunday, April 24, 2011 by YAHOO Sport93 hits

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola was pleased after his team took a significant step towards retaining their Primera Division crown with a 2-0 victory at home to Osasuna. "We know that Madrid are not going to fail again so we have to win two games and draw the other to be champions. We have taken a big step towards the title," he said in the post-game press conference. "We played against a team...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola urges 'brave' Barcelona to attack Real Madrid in Copa del Rey final

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by YAHOO Sport122 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists his team will be ready to handle Real Madrid when the two giants meet in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night. It's the second of four Clasicos between the historic rivals and a chance for Barca to grab some silverware. "I guess it's a final where anything can happen and there will be a very festive atmosphere. We have to encourage our team and have...Full Story »

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola set to pack it in

Posted Sunday, April 03, 2011 by hits

BARCELONA coach Pep Guardiola is ready to call time on his reign in Spain next summer. Guardiola, who took over in 2008, signed a one-year contract extension in February to keep him at the Nou Camp until the end of next season. But on Friday, Guardiola, 40, said: “I think my time is ending here in Barcelona. “I’m fine here but when you’re at a club like this you cann...Full Story »

Guardiola hints on quitting Barca

Posted Saturday, April 02, 2011 by Supersport.com69 hits

Pep Guardiola has hinted he could leave Barcelona at the end of next season because "players tire of coaches and vice versa". The 40-year-old former Barca midfielder has had huge success in the Nou Camp hotseat, winning La Liga for the past two seasons and the Champions League in 2009, but has always been coy about his future by only signing one-year contract extensions. "I think my time her...Full Story »

My time at Barcelona coming to an end, says Guardiola

Posted Saturday, April 02, 2011 by hits

ROME, April 1 (Reuters) - Pep Guardiola has hinted he could leave Barcelona at the end of next season because “players tire of coaches and vice versa”. The 40-year-old former Barca midfielder has had huge success in the Nou Camp hotseat, winning La Liga for the past two seasons and the Champions League in 2009, but has always been coy about his future by only signing one-year contra...Full Story »

Abidal recovering well from surgery - Guardiola

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport26 hits

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal is recovering well from surgery to remove a liver tumour, coach Pep Guardiola said Friday. The 31-year-old French international underwent the three hour operation on Thursday at a Barcelona hospital. Neither the club nor the hospital have provided details about the kind of tumour Abidal has. "As far as we know, the operation went very we...Full Story »

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