FourFourTwo - - PEP GUARDIOLA -

Don’t ever con­fuse Pep Guardi­ola for a style-over-sub­stance aes­thete. Un­sur­pris­ingly for some­one who has won 19 tro­phies in seven and a half sea­sons as a top-flight coach, he wants to win.

At the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing, how­ever, is the de­sire to win with style. Ul­ti­mately, Guardi­ola chose Bay­ern as his next club af­ter Barcelona – where he wants to one day re­turn, to head up La Ma­sia – be­cause he wanted to prove he could ad­vance on the ‘per­fec­tion’ that for­mer coach Jupp Heynckes had left. Be­fore join­ing Bay­ern, he re­searched ev­ery Bun­desliga club to un­der­stand how they counter-at­tacked, but all the hours spent study­ing videos, talk­ing to his play­ers and analysing ev­ery de­tail is point­less if he doesn’t win. Thi­ago agrees. “It’s a great mix: you know how he wants you to play and how to com­bine that with your own qual­i­ties. That’s how good re­sults fol­low. The play­ers will end up drained by Pep. He’s so in­tense, he’ll ex­haust us.”

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