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Guardiola: A Fallible Perfectionist

Updated on April 2, 2018

When June 17, 2008 it was announced that Pep Guardiola will be the new FC Barcelona coach, I was less than 13 years old. I did not think that such trivial information would change so much in my life. I did not understand until the end of football, I treated it very straightforward - player shoots a goal after giving player B - it is fully understandable, hardly anyone at such a young age, would try to understand it in any way.

I perceived the ball as entertainment and inspiration in some way - who did not want to play like Ronaldinho or Raul at the time? Today, I looked at football from a completely different perspective, and all thanks to a man who turned upside down the way I perceive and understand football. He instilled in me the element of fantasy and madness, he made me pay attention to details

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Guardiola's first season

Was there anyone in the world who would provide Guardiola with such a great first season at the controls of Palau Arena.In fact, nothing indicated that Barcelona would finish the first year under Pep's lead with six trophies. I dare say that the players in their innermost dreams have not dreamed such a scenario.

Malicious can claim that the so-called tactic of Guardiola killed football. Hundreds of applications in defense, lack of courage in making risky decisions, putting aside opponents as well as all watching this meeting - that's how it could look. I explain to you what this is really about - that Barcelona and Bayern played boringly or slowly was not the result of an incorrect tactic, only fatal execution by the players. What we saw at the end of the era of the Spaniard in Barcelona and Bayern was the result of stagnation in the development of tactical thought, which was progressing from year to year.

I have the impression that he stopped at certain schemes when the rest of the world could already easily decipher him.

Tactics - Pressing and countering opponents high press

Tactics was not intended to have a ball for possession, it was supposed to beat the opponent with all arguments from the hand - the scheme was based on putting very high pressure from offensive training, controlling the opponent through a high percentage of possession of the ball and on merciless scoring of the weakest links opponent. What we saw in time was an ordinary death, desecration and resuscitation of a tactical "corpse".

It was supposed to beat the opponent with all arguments from the hand - the scheme was based on placing a very high pressure from offensive training, controlling the opponent through a high percentage of possession of the ball and on merciless scoring of the weakest links of the opponent.

What we saw in time was an ordinary death, desecration and resuscitation of a tactical "corpse". it was supposed to beat the opponent with all arguments from the hand - the scheme was based on placing a very high pressure from offensive training, controlling the opponent through a high percentage of possession of the ball and on merciless scoring of the weakest links of the opponent. What we saw in time was an ordinary death, desecration and resuscitation of a tactical "corpse".

Record as club coach

Start Date
End Date
Fooball Club
Total Match
Win
Draw
Loss
Percentage
1 July 2016
Present
Manchester City
104
72
18
14
65
26 June 2013
30 June 2016
Bayern Munich
161
121
21
19
75
1 July 2008
30 June 2012
FC Barcelona
247
189
47
21
72
21 June 2007
30 June 2008
Barcelona B
38
25
8
5
65
The outgoing head coach celebrates his side's success with Bayern Munich player Holger Badstuber
The outgoing head coach celebrates his side's success with Bayern Munich player Holger Badstuber

As manager of Bayern 3–4–3

While I can understand Barcelona because Pep project after four fat years, the most normal in the world could burn out - the players were not able to improve their way of playing because Pep at some point was missing an idea, what else can be improved. It's hard for me to understand Bayern's leadership. It is known from now that better is the enemy of the good, the Bavarian club simply did not have the right performers for the way Guardiola preferred. Of course, you can try to teach players some elements, but let's not forget that in Barcelona tragic such was instilled in young football adepts from an early age.

Barcelona just played than total football, extraordinary, unique and here most people would agree with me, but such a state of affairs should not be seen only in the Spaniard trainer's genius - it was influenced by many factors that, combined into a whole, gave such and not other effects. Generations of coaches, footballers and club leaders from the Catalan capital worked on this success. Unfortunately, what happened next in Bayern Munich was the lack of reaction to new trends and improved tactical awareness by the rest of the world.

Influence of training methods

Guardiola with his training methods, reminds me of another eminent gentleman, a truce driver on the Barcelona-Real line during Pep's stay in Catalonia - Jose Mourinho (you can laugh, but many of them have connections and seemingly few shares - probably only PR in the media). They are known for having their training regime under their charge, which allows them to unleash their maximum potential in a short training cycle. Of course - there is one catch in this, this method of training causes a rapid increase in the sport form of individual players.

Explaining it as simply as possible, such a sudden progression involves a lot of danger - the player quickly reaches the maximum, but hence, equally spectacularly falls down both mental and physical. Have you ever wondered why Pep in his entire career has not worked anywhere for more than 4 seasons? This is the answer - the players are physically and mentally arrived and the interested person is not able to stimulate them with any tactical novelties because he is not able to give his players a strong stimulus that will motivate them to further cooperation.

Perfectionism, tightening the screw, focusing the attention of the players on one specific goal to be achieved, leads in the long-term to the burnout of cooperation on the coach-player line. Besides, not once in his speeches, the interested person spoke about it

The day I saw that there was no flash in the eyes of my players, I knew I had to leave. We had a fantastic year behind us. We won four titles, we played better than ever. We wrote very well, but I was really on my knees. I did not have new tactical ideas. That's why I left Barcelona. There are no other reasons

Attention - Pep Guardiola

Spaniard in many ways to remind me of Cristiano Ronaldo! You can laugh, but both obsessively strive for perfection, are focused on success, are perfectionists who are not satisfied with single or insignificant successes. They are constantly developing and are striving for perfection. There are probably a lot of such analogies, but what am I heading for? I doubt anyone would try to put together a Portuguese with a Spaniard because the media narrative is a bit different.

But in fact, much more combines (strictly characteristically) Guardiola with Ronaldo rather than with Messi. He found out about it, Zlatan himself. It was a clash of two characters, two different personalities - Zlatan is an individualist, he is in some way original, but at the same time very arrogant. I have the impression that his ego is so high that if it fell, it would kill. It was quite a contrast to the players playing at that time, which quickly saw Guardiola. So, the question arises, why did he bring an unruly Swede to his team? Everyone knew what he was, it was not a surprise.

I try to explain it in this way, it was an attempt to revive a single cloakroom, giving it an extreme, in order to in some way free the players in the energy layer. The situation, however, led to an open conflict on the line to somehow release more energy in the players. The situation, however, led to an open conflict on the line to somehow release more energy in the players. The situation, however, led to an open conflict on the line Pep - Zlatan, coinciding with a bit worse team results. Of course, after the season, the Swede became the scapegoat, who had to say goodbye to the club. And why would you give a proven Cameroonian professional footballer Samuel?

A Look Inside the Manchester City

We have April 2018, and Guardiola is probably playing the season of 'her dreams' on the coaching bench of the Citizens. His players long ago explained their rivals in league matches, the sky blue team go like a storm in the Champions League and they won the English League Cup. He Can afford to repeat the feat of staying at FC Barcelona current home venue Match. Of course he can afford - firstly because of his obsession with tactical perfection and secondly because of the strength of the composition he has at his disposal.

The combination of these two puzzles, makes an electrifying impression at this moment. The fact that City is infernally strong this season is not a big surprise. Guardiola thinks, strives for development and draws conclusions, and these after three years spent in Munich, were a lesson for him from which, as we see today, he drew a lot.

It is impossible not to notice many similarities and common features of the current Manchester with this Barcelona 2008/2009. At the moment they are among the favorites - however, they can not disregard Liverpool, which, incidentally, may turn out to be 'the blackest horse' of this edition. But we will live and see. There is still a lot of time for final decisions.

The Conductor - Pep Guardiola

There is no discussion that Guardiola is an outstanding trainer! It should also be placed in the pantheon of the greatest coaching stars in the world (he is only 47 years old!) But he is not a trainer for long-term projects. Pep works in a four-year cycle, where he is able to achieve results already - and that makes him unique.

The pressure in big clubs is so big that it will be hard for anyone to lead the top European team for a long time, while achieving successes - this is a trend that I have been watching for a long time in professional football. This is dictated to a large extent by the enormous pressure put on by the supporters and sponsors. As is known in sport, the most important thing is constant development and in a way it is advisable to have constant rotation in the coaching position to avoid stagnation. I greeted all the supporters of the Gunners yesterday you had a birthday - one hundred years without Wenger.

It seems that the Spaniard understands this perfectly. - he is an idealist, if he knows that he is not able to continue his team, he just goes away. This is a real phenomenon because it is probably the only trainer in the world who has not yet been released! You wonder how much Pep will endure on the Citizens coaching bench?

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