Pep claims he ‘prefers sex’ to coach­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htsportsmax - Agence France­Presse sportm@hin­dus­tan­

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

The comment was re­port­edly made by PSG de­fender Dani Alves, who is cur­rently pro­mot­ing a doc­u­men­tary about his time at Barcelona play­ing un­der Guardiola. Be­fore Sun­day’s Premier League home match against Manch­ester United, a re­porter asked Guardiola for his re­ac­tion, 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.

Alves, re­fer­ring to Barca’s late win­ner against Chelsea in the 2009 semi-fi­nal, 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.

“I can see a huge list who are on the op­po­site side,” said Guardiola, whose City team are both the reign­ing English cham­pi­ons and the cur­rent Premier League lead­ers af­ter 11 games.


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