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Solo sé que un buen líder es aquel que no tiene miedo a las consecuencias de sus decisiones, y que toma el paso que le dicta su intuición, pase lo que pase.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
«Si nos levantamos pronto, pero muy pronto, y sin reproches, y nos ponemos a trabajar, somos un país imparable».
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
No se dan cuenta de que el fútbol es un monstruo al que solo puedes vencer y enfrentarte si siempre te mantienes fiel a ti mismo, en cualquier circunstancia.»
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
Ideas belong to everyone and I have stolen as many as I could.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
Under Cruyff, dominating the ball became the first and most important rule. ‘If you have the ball, the opposition doesn’t have it and can’t attack you,’ Cruyff would repeat daily. So the job became finding the players who could keep possession and also doing a lot of positional work in training.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Why do we open up the field?’ Cruyff would explain. ‘Because if we have the ball and we are open, it is more difficult for the opponent to defend.’ Or: ‘People criticised me because I played with three at the back, but those criticisms were really ridiculous: what we did was fill the zones on the field where the game required it. If the opponent played with two up front, which was common then, and my team went out with four defenders, I had one too many, so I moved him forward towards the midfield.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
I’ve got a problem,’ he told his mentor. ‘I’ve got these two guys who I don’t know if I can control, they don’t listen to what I say and that affects how everybody else receives my messages. And the problem is, they’re two of the leaders in the dressing room and the best players. I will lose without them on board.’ Cruyff ’s response was blunt: ‘Get rid of them. You might lose one or two games, but then you will start winning and by then you would have turfed those two sons of bitches out the team.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
It wasn’t enough for him to have had first-hand experience of the methods of Cruyff, Robson, van Gaal, Mazzone or Capello, so he travelled to Argentina to deepen his knowledge. There, he met Ricardo La Volpe (a former Argentine World Cup-winning goalkeeper and the former coach of the Mexican national team), Marcelo Bielsa (the much admired former Argentina and Chile national coach, and Athletic de Bilbao manager) and ‘El Flaco’, César Luis Menotti (the coach who took Argentina to the World Cup in 1978) to talk at length about football.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
1. Linus Malthus "Winning is just the snow that came down yesterday"   Founder of total football. Tactical revolutionary who created the foundation of modern football  저희는 7가지 철칙을 바탕으로 거래를 합니다. 고객들과 지키지못할약속은 하지않습니다 1.정품보장 2.총알배송 3.투명한 가격 4.편한 상담 5.끝내주는 서비스 6.고객님 정보 보호 7.깔끔한 거래 [경영항목] 엑스터시,신의눈물,lsd,아이스,캔디,대마초,떨,마리화나,프로포폴,에토미데이트,해피벌륜등많은제품판매하고있습니다 믿고 주문해주세요~저희는 제품판매를 고객님들과 신용과신뢰의 거래로 하고있습니다. 제품효과 못보실 그럴일은 없지만 만의하나 효과못보시면 저희가 1차재발송과 2차 환불까지 약속합니다 텔레【KC98K】카톡【ACD5】라인【SPR331】 The only winner in the international major tournament, Holland, the best soccer line of football 2. Sir Alex Ferguson Mr.Man Utd   The Red Boss The best director in soccer history (most of the past soccer coach rankings are the top picks) It is the most obvious that shows how important the director is in football.   Manchester United's 27-year-old championship, the spiritual stake of all United players and fans, Manchester United itself 3. Theme Mourinho "I do not pretend to be arrogant, because I'm all true, I am a European champion, I am not one of the cunning bosses around, I think I am Special One." The Special One The cost of counterattack after a player Charming world with charisma and poetry The director who has the most violent career of soccer directors 4. Pep Guardiola A man who achieved the world's first and only six treasures beyond treble. Make a team with a page of football history 5. Ottmar Hitzfeld Borussia Dortmund and Bayern are the best directors in Munich history. Legendary former football manager of Germany Sir Alex Ferguson's rival
World football soccer players can not be denied
Turno para Jérôme Boateng, a quien el entrenador considera un talento por pulir. A lo largo de toda la temporada el trabajo de Guardiola con Boateng alcanzará momentos obsesivos a fin de perfeccionar tres puntos débiles: mantener la posición en la línea defensiva, defender con contundencia y no perder la concentración.
Martí Perarnau (Herr Pep (Spanish Edition))
Eran las 10 de la noche y Pep estaba solo en la ciudad deportiva del Barça. No quedaba nadie, ni siquiera sus ayudantes, solo él en un despacho iluminado de manera tenue. Imaginó a Messi moviéndose libremente por aquel enorme espacio vacío del estadio Bernabéu, a la espalda de los mediocentros madridistas y encarando en solitario a Metzelder y Cannavaro, petrificados sobre la línea del área, dudando si ir a por el delantero argentino. Tan clara vio la jugada que levantó el teléfono. No llamó a ninguno de sus analistas, ni a Xavi, el cerebro del equipo. Llamó directamente a Messi: «Leo, soy Pep, tengo algo importante, muy importante. Ven. Ahora. Ya», le dijo. A las diez y media de la noche, Leo Messi, de 21 años, golpeó suavemente la puerta del despacho de Pep. El entrenador le enseñó el vídeo y detuvo la imagen mostrándole la zona vacía que a partir del día siguiente iba a ser suya: la zona Messi, la del falso 9. «Leo, mañana en Madrid vas a empezar en la banda, como siempre. Pero si te hago una indicación te vas a la espalda de los mediocentros y te mueves por esta zona que te acabo de enseñar. Es lo mismo que hicimos en septiembre pasado en Gijón», le indicó. En Gijón, el 21 de septiembre de 2008, con el agua al cuello tras haber perdido el primer partido de liga ante el Numancia y empatado el segundo contra el también modesto Racing de Santander, Guardiola se jugaba su porvenir como entrenador del Barça. Decidió mandar a Eto’o a la banda derecha y jugar con Messi en la zona del falso 9, tal como el joven argentino había jugado muchas veces en su edad de cadete. Venció el Barça por goleada (1-6) y empezó la marcha triunfal de Pep. Siete meses más tarde, el entrenador rescataba la misma idea y se la explicaba en persona al protagonista: «Leo, cuando Xavi o Andrés se salten la línea y te pasen el balón, te vas directo a portería, a por Casillas». Fue un secreto entre ambos. Nadie más del Barça supo lo que Pep había transmitido a Messi aquella noche del primer día de mayo, salvo Tito Vilanova al día siguiente, ya en el hotel de concentración. Minutos antes de empezar el partido del 2 de mayo, Guardiola llamó aparte a Xavi e Iniesta y les dijo: «Si veis a Leo entre líneas y por el centro, no lo dudéis: pasadle el balón. Será como en Gijón». Aquel 2 de mayo de 2009, el Barça aplastó al Real Madrid por 2-6, Messi se convirtió en falso 9 y Pep sonrió, feliz.
Martí Perarnau (Herr Pep (Spanish Edition))
Para Guardiola, el éxito consistía en organizar al equipo.
Martí Perarnau (Herr Pep (Spanish Edition))
Bah, that Lahm is a scandal! He is super-intelligent, understands the game brilliantly, knows when to come inside or to stay wide. The guy is fucking exceptional,’ he says.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
It is possible to conclude that Pep has betrayed his own principles, but when asked this very question after the game, his response is blunt. ‘What the fuck are you talking about, mate? We needed to win the game…
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
If I had to define Pep Guardiola I would describe him as a man who questions everything, not through insecurity or fear of the unknown, but in the search for perfection. Although he recognises it as an impossible goal, it is nonetheless the force that drives him. As a result, he is often left with a pervading sense of unfinished work.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
David Gill, United’s chief executive, had held regular talks with Gestifute and was aware of Mourinho’s availability but he was not interested in him as a manager. He had told Mendes in the autumn of 2012 that Ferguson’s first choice was Pep Guardiola and had explained the reasons.
Diego Torres (The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho)
You are only as good as your last game.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
De las veinte decisiones que tomo cada día, dieciocho son intuitivas, a partir de la observación.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
Perdonaré que fallen, pero no que no se esfuercen.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
La vida, tal como se ha dicho a menudo, es aquello que pasa mientras estamos haciendo otros planes. También es esa cosa que te abofetea en plena cara y te derrumba cuando crees que eres invencible, cuando olvidas que caer también forma parte de las reglas.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
There is no equivalent at Bayern, at least not with the same level of uniformity either in terms of the language or the machine which teaches it – and this has a major impact on Pep’s plans. Domènec Torrent explains: ‘It’s like we’re showing them the numbers first, then the days of the week, then verbs, etc. This is a huge departure for them and we need to be flexible and cautious.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
Guardiola’s natural talent for innovation is a perfect fit with the German spirit of enterprise.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
Pep was taken aback because he was so unused to getting this level of support from his bosses. During his time at Barça he had had to deal with numerous unwarranted and serious attacks on the team and the whole institution, and his was often the sole voice raised in their defence.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
Gentlemen, this is tiquitaca and it is shit. We’re not interested in this type of possession. It’s totally meaningless. It’s about passing for the sake of it. We need our central midfielder and our defenders to move out with an offensive mentality and break the opposition lines in order to push the whole team high up. The U needs to go.’ The
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
It’s much higher risk but much more attractive like this. And it’s positive for the players because 11 straight months of competition is a barbarity and we need to place emphasis on the quality of the matches we ask them to play, rather than augment the quantity of them.’ Mirko
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
Los jugadores necesitan saber que no deben tener miedo a intentar cosas, ni a perder el balón, porque en eso consiste el fútbol. Messi sabe que siempre puede hacer jugadas porque sabe que tiene a diez compañeros detrás de él dispuestos a ayudarlo si es necesario. Cuando tanto el defensa como el delantero se sienten importantes y protegidos, tenemos a un equipo ganador.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
Si una idea no es absurda al principio, entonces no merece la pena.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Guardiola. La metamorfosis (Spanish Edition))
En la vida hay dos formas de decir a la gente lo que tiene que hacer: o bien dando órdenes, o bien predicando con el ejemplo y animando al grupo a seguirlo.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Otra Manera de Ganar)
No pensamos para conocer. Pensamos para actuar. El talento es, por lo tanto, la inteligencia actuando de manera adecuada, brillante, eficiente».
Martí Perarnau (Pep Guardiola. La metamorfosis (Spanish Edition))
if I get the time I need, we can really plan where we want to go. I’m trying to implement something that flies in the face of the culture here. I’m from Santpedor and the players are from Munich, Greifswald, Rosenheim or Gelsenkirchen, so I have to convince them. And there has to be a mix of give and take.
Martí Perarnau (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich)
I always try and give the players the security of knowing what they’ll encounter. This increases the possibility of doing things well.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
That work ethic, instilled in him by his parents, is very much part of the Catalan character: saving the soul through industry, effort, honest labour and giving your all to the job.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
The director of football went away and started doing some digging around, gathering second opinions about Pep’s qualities as an actual coach.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Guardiola has taken certain areas to another level – such as pressing the ball – and Barcelona’s disciplined style of play and work ethic have become a trademark of all his teams.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
I’ve been successful at Manchester United for many years and it’s not without its problems – every hour of every day you have to deal with something.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
The ball runs faster than any human, so it’s the ball that has to do the running!’ which, in seventeen words, just about encapsulates his philosophy.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Look at him! Him, that one there! He’s hiding! Your team-mates need to know that you are always available!’ he’ll shout, pointing a finger at the culprit. ‘Before passing the ball, you need to know where you’re passing it to; if you don’t know, it’s better to keep it; give it to your goalie, but don’t give it to your opponent
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Nobody has paid any attention to the fundamental fact that Guardiola is a bricklayer’s son. For Pep, his father, Valentí, is an example of integrity and hard work.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
some key principles were quickly instilled in him: ‘Don’t stamp on anybody but don’t let anybody stamp on you; keep your head high; two-touch football; keep the ball on the ground.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He was given one more chance, invited back for a third day. The coach moved him into central midfield where, suddenly, Pep was a magnet for the ball, directing the forward play and dictating tempo. He’d done enough. Barcelona decided they wanted him to join them.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He continually learnt from everything he saw around him, from other teams, from coaches, from older team-mates. On one occasion, he asked a couple of his colleagues to repeat a free-kick routine he had seen the B side perform the previous weekend. The move led to a goal and their coach asked, ‘Whose idea was that? And where did you pick that up?’ ‘From the grown-up players,’ responded a fifteen-year-old Pep Guardiola.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Guardiola remained a lanky teenager with little muscle mass, the opposite of the ideal footballer’s stature. But great art is always born of frustration and since he lacked the pace and strength to overcome the opposition, he substituted physical power with the power of the mind: instinctively developing a sense of spatial awareness that was second to none. He was capable of leaving behind three players with one pass, widening or narrowing the field at will, so that the ball always travelled more than the player. Usually when children start to play football, they want to learn to dribble. Guardiola didn’t: he learnt how to pass the ball.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
anxiety to become good enough for Johan Cruyff to notice us cannot be put into words. Without that desire, none of us would be who we are today.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
According to the principles Johan Cruyff introduced to Barcelona, coaches should lead by example: play football, be on the field during training and teach, because there is nothing better than stopping the game, correcting and instructing, explaining why someone needed to pass to a certain player, move to a particular position or change an element of their technique. That’s how Carles Rexach, Cruyff ’s assistant for eight years at Barcelona, explains it: ‘One word from Johan during a training drill is worth more than a hundred hours of talks at the blackboard.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
a passer of the ball positioned in front of the defence who could provide the platform from which every Barcelona attack would begin.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He also taught his players how to mark an opponent, teaching them to focus on a rival’s weaknesses – while accentuating what you were good at, to fight the battles you could win, in other words. It was a revelation for Pep, who lacked the physique to beat a tall, powerful, central midfielder in the air – so he learnt, under Cruyff, to avoid jumping with his rival, but to wait instead. Cruyff ’s theory was: ‘Why fight? Keep your distance, anticipate where he’ll head the ball and wait for the bounce. You’ll be in control while he’s jumping around.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He was a bit like me. You must have a lot of technique, move the ball quickly, avoid a collision – and to avoid it you must have good vision.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
his leadership skills must not be forgotten either; as it soon became evident in his playing career; he didn’t just pass the ball to his team-mates, he talked to them constantly. ‘Keep it simple, Michael!’ shouted a twenty-year-old Guardiola on one occasion to Laudrup, the international superstar. The Danish player had tried to dribble past three players too close to the half-way line, where losing the ball would have been dangerous. ‘That was simple,’ Michael replied with a wink. But he knew the kid was right.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Before heading out on to the pitch, Johan Cruyff gave his players a simple instruction: ‘Go out there and enjoy yourselves.’ It was a statement that embodies an entire footballing philosophy and was central to Cruyff ’s principles; yet for others, its simplicity, ahead of such a key game, might be considered an insult to the coaching profession.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
I saw Guardiola as a mystical type of person. The way he dressed – always in black – he was sometimes very quiet, constantly analysing things, thinking things over: why we won, why we lost, why he’d lost the ball. Sometimes his obsessiveness was excessive.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
touching the ball a thousand times a match and never for more than a second each time,
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
My role was to move the ball around the pitch for my team-mates to finish off the move,’ he says. The
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
During this period, Pep perfected other weapons that were going to be used during the rest of the season – and from then on. A high defensive line, quick pressure after losing possession and allocation of space for each player was the order of the day.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Jerome Boateng spoke pre-season after the World Cup in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and described how Guardiola told him in every training session exactly what he had to do in different defensive situations.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
The same amount of time and study was dedicated to trying to find the weaknesses and Achilles heels of every opponent, no matter how poor or strong that team was perceived to be by the outside world.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
The German team became more German than ever. They used in their performance the ‘Mia San Mia’ motto that the players wear on their shirts, which on the pitch manifests itself in a supreme belief, intensity and constant waves of attack.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Pep had realised that one of the few weaknesses of the Atlético defence was with second balls. They defended so deep that if his players attacked as a unit and were already around the box they could attack those rebounds.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Pep, for instance, created collective conditions to create one v ones for Messi. As simple and common place as that may sound now, it was not so at the time.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Failure is when a player does not have a good training session, when the coach relaxes and stops caring, when the team doesn’t care either about whatever is going on,’ Manel Estiarte said.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He jokes about only wanting to see the restaurants, but it is all about learning . . . about new cultures, and how to then incorporate those cultures into his coaching.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
You get the player, based on what we need, and I will make it work,’ has always been his take on signings.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Guardiola knows it is easier to work with a group hungry for victory rather than with one that has won everything, and he considered David Silva and Kun Agüero vitally important to the team if they were able to improve their defensive attitudes, as it is in these positions that the first line of pressure starts.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He was also excited about the prospects of working with Raheem Sterling. Pep had no say in his signing but Sterling was young, had lots to learn and was someone Pep thought he could convert into a winger, drawing as much out of him as he had with Douglas Costa. Pep intended to teach him to wait for the ball, so that by the time it arrived the lines of pressure would have been broken and he would have a one v one with the full back.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He’d apply his three basic rules, none of which related to what people know as tiki-taka: they were, rather, intense attack, quick pressure when the ball is lost and having one more player in the midfield than your opponents.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Pep organised his attack (creating the conditions for one v ones, or looking for superiority across the pitch) in a way that nobody else did in the Premier League, where attack was too often left to improvisation.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
After Germany he would have to change direction and re-evaluate his ideals and accept that success would come in accordance with the quality and dynamic of the group of players he worked with.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Ramon Besa put it wonderfully: ‘He is a bit of a Quixote. In an era of fast food, Pep wants degustation football, as if it were a wine.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
I became a coach because I thought I could dominate the game with what I say, what I do, what we train and how I try to convince players.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He arrived in Catalonia, to FC Barcelona, and we hardly had anything. And it was he who told us to do things that way, and to follow him on that path. And that is not easy. You have to have lots of charisma, a strong personality, a hunger, a faith in what you do and in what you believe, to every day convince someone to be convincing, every day, to accumulate more and more people who think like you.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
You have no idea what it means as a player when you are losing, or things are not working, and a coach tells you the reasons. ‘And when things go wrong, he would insist on the idea, he remained consistent, even after a defeat. That is another lesson.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
In 1974 Laureano Ruíz became general coordinator for youth football and one of the first things he did was to tear down a notice next to the entrance of his new office that read: ‘If you are coming to offer me a youngster who measures less than 1.80 metres, you can take him back.’ ‘Laureano prioritised the technical quality of a footballer, reaction times and, above other factors, intelligence, to learn and understand the game,
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He wanted players who controlled the ball with their first touch, who had quick feet, who retained the ball and created superiority from individual technique and group work.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He said that if you pass the ball well, you receive it well and have good control; then you have far more possibilities.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
(the difference between a good and bad footballer, according to Cruyff, is how well you control the ball and where you place it with your first touch, accommodating it for yourself in the right direction or sending it accurately to your team-mate). It needed players who were able to be in the best positions to receive the ball, capable of constantly assisting, of one-twos, of keeping their heads up, of looking for the next pass before receiving, of anticipating play. But, more importantly, they had to be footballers capable of understanding the game.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
The players who go through La Masía are taught to behave with civility and humility. The theory being that, not only is it pleasant to be unassuming, but also if you are humble, you are capable of learning – and the capacity to learn is the capacity to improve. If you aren’t capable of learning you won’t improve.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
In the junior categories we wanted to mould the player. You must know what his strengths and weaknesses are, work on them and correct them.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
locked in his office, making decisions, using common sense, surrounding himself with good people, being demanding of all around him on a daily basis – it had all been worthwhile.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
where his side could gain the upper hand in two v ones; endlessly replaying the key battles.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Ronaldo also dropped deep to receive the ball, turn round and run towards goal – and he always found space as the centre backs didn’t follow him closely.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He could live with them playing badly now and again, he told them, but he demanded 100 per cent on the pitch in every single game.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
We have to be able to dominate the game, and make sure that we aren’t dominated ourselves.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
the attacking players would need to become the best defenders; and the defenders would have to become the first line of attack, moving the ball forward from the back.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Pep realised that in order to make the team a success he needed to add intensity and an increased work rate to their technical abilities.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
above all else, they had to learn to win. Instilling a fiercely competitive, winning spirit into a team, an academy already blessed with an abundance of talent, represented something of a watershed for grass-roots football at FC Barcelona.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Guardiola immediately set about introducing a series of habits, working practices, systems and methodologies acquired after a career working with a variety of different managers. ‘He paid particular attention to detail’, Trueba recalls: ‘From control of the players’ diets, rest and recuperation time; to scouting opponents by recording their matches and using his assistants and staff to compile detailed match reports . . . in the third division!! On occasion, if Guardiola felt that he didn’t have enough information on a particular opponent, he would go to their matches himself.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
He became as demanding of himself as he was with his players and staff but, in everything he did, he always made it a priority to explain why he was asking them to do something. He was always the first to arrive and the last to leave, working mornings and afternoons at the training ground. Every aspect of running the team had to be under his control: he demanded daily reports and updates from all his staff. Nothing was left to chance.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
The senior players, meanwhile, understood perfectly well, and as one recognised: ‘He always used us as an example, but he was always fair with us and everyone else.’ Pep was finding solutions to the team’s problems, relying on instinct and experience to motivate, inspire and get the best out of the youngsters.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Players were fined €120 if they were late for training and had to stick to a twelve o’clock curfew – if they were caught breaking it once they were fined €1,500, twice and it rose to €3,000. If you were caught three times you were out of the door. He also had strict policies regarding the procedure leading up to games: team strategy was practised on match days. If it was an away game, the team ate together at La Masía; if they were playing at home, in the Mini Estadi, each player ate at home.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
he wanted to confirm a personal theory: that a reserve team, like any other, could serve as a university of football; because all teams behave, react and respond the same way. Whether superstars or Sunday league, there’s always a player who is jealous of a team-mate, another who is always late, a joker, an obedient one fearful of punishment and eager to please, a quiet one, a rebel . . . It was also educational because it helped prepare for the fact that every opponent is different: some are offensive, others timid, some defend in their own box, others counter-attack. Working with the B team gave Guardiola the perfect opportunity to try and find solutions to the kinds of problems he would encounter working with a higher profile team; yet enabled him to do so away from the spotlight and glare of the media.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
At the same time, he was humble enough to recognise that he wasn’t sufficiently trained in certain areas, mostly defensive work.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Guardiola would ring him to express his doubts to him, whether they be about the use of space by his players or the behaviour of those off the ball. Rodolf Borrell, now at Liverpool FC, was a coach with one of the Barcelona youth teams at the time, and each week Guardiola went to his defensive training sessions to observe and learn.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
instilling a new regime of professionalism that was missing even from the first team.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Pep’s do-or-die attitude from the sidelines (constantly correcting and signalling during games, treating every match as if it were the last, intensely focused on the job, passionate and occasionally over-exuberant) as well as his off-pitch behaviour (making the team eat together, scouting rival players and teams, unheard of at the time in the third division) suggested he was a leader, ready for management. Ready to lead at any level. Any team.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
place an emphasis on preparation and player recuperation; maintain discipline in the dressing room while being respectful of all opponents and possess a sound knowledge of the Spanish league. Furthermore, the next manager of FC Barcelona would have to have a feel and understanding for the club, its values, significance and history.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Ferran Soriano, who said privately at the time: ‘The Mourinho brand, added to the Barça brand, has the potential to make our product enormous.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
he explained that elements of his behaviour in front of the media were a necessary evil: a vital cog in the psychological machinery that he used to win football matches.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
Although he wanted an element of democracy within the group, with players using their initiative, making suggestions and keeping an open mind to new ideas, Guardiola did not delay in imposing a number of strict rules in his first few days in charge: such as insisting upon the use of Castilian and Catalan as the only languages spoken among the group, arranging a seating plan at meal times to encourage the players to mix and to prevent the team forming up into different cultural or national groups and cliques.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
In life there are two ways of telling people what to do: either give them orders or set an example and encourage them to follow it. Pep is very much of the latter school of thought.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
wanted the fans to see that the team was going to work hard, run, play good football, and take pride in their work on the pitch.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)
On one occasion Guardiola explained that there are two types of coaches: those who think problems solve themselves and those who solve problems. Guardiola belongs to the group that seeks solutions. That is his real passion.
Guillem Balagué (Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography)