Pep ‘prefers sex to coach­ing’

Sunday Times - - Sport Soccer -

● Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardiola has laughed off a sug­ges­tion his coach­ing is “bet­ter than sex”.

The comment was re­port­edly made by Paris Saint-Ger­main de­fender Dani Alves, who is cur­rently pro­mot­ing a doc­u­men­tary about his time at Barcelona play­ing un­der Guardiola.

Be­fore to­day’s Premier League home match against Manch­ester United, a re­porter asked Guardiola for his re­ac­tion at a press con­fer­ence, prompt­ing him to re­spond: “I pre­fer the sex — by far.”

The ques­tion may owe some­thing to a mis­taken in­ter­pre­ta­tion of some­thing Alves said in ‘Take the Ball, Pass the Ball’, a doc­u­men­tary look­ing at Guardiola’s time as Barcelona boss, which saw the Spanish club win the Cham­pi­ons League in both 2009 and 2011.

Brazil­ian star Alves, re­fer­ring to Barca’s late win­ner against Chelsea in the 2009 semi­fi­nal, said: “It is be­cause of mo­ments like this that we all love foot­ball. The only thing that beats it is sex.”

Alves is one of many play­ers to have cited the City man­ager’s coach­ing meth­ods as in­spi­ra­tional, but Guardiola has played down such claims, mak­ing a pass­ing ref­er­ence to the strug­gles he had with for­mer Swe­den striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic when they were at Barcelona. —

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