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Pepe, Carvalho are friends – Mourinho

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by hits

Madrid. The Portuguese tactician says the two defenders have an 'excellent relationship', following the former Chelsea defender's decision to quit the national side Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has stressed that there's no problem between Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe as the former's decision to retire from international football had nothing to do with his team-mate. The 33-year-old Carvalho ab...Full Story »

Krkic denies Guardiola criticism

Posted Sunday, November 13, 2011 by ESPN83 hits

Roma striker Bojan Krkic has denied ever mouthing a bad word about Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. The 21-year-old has made no secret about his displeasure with the lack of first-team action during his time at the Nou Camp, which led to him moving to Rome in the summer. But the Italian insists he holds no personal grudge against Guardiola. "I was a little bit surprised, because I was on the ...Full Story »

Guardiola - Jose's No.1

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011 by skysports.com156 hits

Barca boss rates Real coach as the best in the business Pep Guardiola: Feels it can be an advantage for a coach not to have played at a high level Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola rates Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho as the best coach in world football at the current time. While Guardiola enjoyed a distinguished playing career for Barca and also represented Spain, Mourinho never played at ...Full Story »

Guardiola still wary of Hospitalet

Posted Friday, November 11, 2011 by ESPN70 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes his side's Copa del Rey tie against Hospitalet is "wide open". The reigning European champions could only manage an unconvincing 1-0 win in Wednesday's first leg. Andres Iniesta scored the only goal of the game to give Barca a slender advantage against their unfancied third-tier opponents ahead of the return leg at the Nou Camp on December 21. Barca wi...Full Story »

Pepe Reina: No one can touch Spain

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 by The Sun126 hits

PEPE REINA has told those trying to copy Spain's slick style of play: "You'll never be good enough."Spain are world and European champions, while Barcelona have won the Champions League three times in six years with a squad that is largely made up of Spanish internationals. Liverpool keeper Reina, who has been named in the squad to play England on Saturday, said: "We have found a great genera...Full Story »

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Barcelona's Pep Guardiola had 'no balls' in new book

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport141 hits

AC Milan attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted that he completely lost control in the aftermath of Barcelona's 4-1 away win over Villarreal in the 2009-10 campaign as he slammed head coach Pep Guardiola for his 'lack of balls' in their Champions League elimination by Inter only days before. Swedish publication Aftonbladet reports that the striker reveals in his autobiography, which will be publi...Full Story »

Guardiola's Barcelona faces Bielsa's Bilbao

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport43 hits

VALENCIA, Spain (AP)—Two of football’s most intriguing coaching minds finally meet on the field Sunday when Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona takes on Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao. The two coaches face off for the first time since Bielsa took over Bilbao this season, and the Basque club has been steadily improving following a poor start. Guardiola visited the former Argenti...Full Story »

Guardiola: Messi is simply magnificent

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 by ESPN116 hits

Pep Guardiola gushed over Lionel Messi's performance as the forward notched a hat-trick to consign Viktoria Plzen to a 4-0 Champions League defeat. Pep Guardiola's men proved far too strong for the Czech side, whose already tall order had become an almost insurmountable one after going down to ten men in the 22nd minute, and Spaniard reserved high praise for Messi's virtuoso performance. Spe...Full Story »

Guardiola: Messi is simply magnificent

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 by ESPN78 hits

Pep Guardiola gushed over Lionel Messi's performance as the forward notched a hat-trick to consign Viktoria Plzen to a 4-0 Champions League defeat.Pep Guardiola's men proved far too strong for the Czech side, whose already tall order had become an almost insurmountable one after going down to ten men in the 22nd minute, and Spaniard reserved high praise for Messi's virtuoso performance.Speakin...Full Story »

Guardiola: Never seen anyone like Messi

Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 by ESPN180 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has voiced his amazement at the stunning level Lionel Messi manages to play at week in and week out.Messi has been in sensational goal-scoring form for the Catalans yet again this season, although he was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, for once, when he missed a penalty in stoppage time as Barcelona were held to a goalless draw against Sevilla last week.Ho...Full Story »

Guardiola: Barca ran too much

Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 by ESPN91 hits

Despite beating Real Mallorca 5-0, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was unimpressed with his side, saying they "ran too much".Lionel Messi notched up a hat-trick, with Dani Alves and Issac Cuenca chipping in to give the Catalans all three points, but Guardiola was more concerned with their upcoming Champions League clash with Viktoria Plzen."We run too much, we didn't want to have put so much eff...Full Story »

Guardiola denies Yaya Toure claims

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ESPN104 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has refuted Yaya Toure's allegations of being ignored, adding that he even tried to convince Toure to stay at Nou Camp.Toure earlier claimed that he left Barcelona due to a difficult relationship with Guardiola.However, Guardiola has stepped up to deny the claims, making clear that he has always tried to foster a strong relationship with his players using an open-...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola: Man Utd will bounce back

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by The Sun504 hits

PEP TALK ... Guardiola PEP GUARDIOLA insists Manchester United are still one of the best teams in the world. The Barcelona coach backed United after their 6-1 defeat against rivals Manchester City. He said: "For me United remain one of the best teams in the world. "Nothing changes that — even losing 6-1 at home to City." United skipper Nemanja Vidic has quit international football. T...Full Story »

Roma's Franco Baldini reveals failed approach for Barcelona's Pep Guardiola

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport31 hits

Roma general manager Franco Baldini revealed that the club approached Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola in the summer.The Serie A side, owned by an American consortium led by Thomas DiBenedetto, was on the lookout for a new coach in the summer to replace Vincenzo Montella. Roma's choice fell on Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique, but Franco Baldini, who was officially presented by the club on Friday, re...Full Story »

Guardiola hails 'unique' Iniesta

Posted Friday, October 21, 2011 by ESPN55 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola lauded Andres Iniesta as "unique" after the Spain international helped the Champions League holders ease past Viktoria Plzen.Iniesta, who has only recently returned from a hamstring tear, played a key role in the 2-0 victory at the Nou Camp, including scoring the opening goal in the 10th minute following a superb piece of skill.Guardiola said of the 27-year-old Wo...Full Story »

Guardiola praises Barca performance

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2011 by ESPN45 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has praised his side's performance in their 2-0 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzeň on Wednesday. A heavy scoreline was expected at the Nou Camp between the holders and the Czech champions.Despite a one-sided match, the Catalan giants could only manage two goals - Andres Iniesta and David Villa scored at either end of a game.But Guardiola was delighted with ...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola: I understand Bojan Krkic's disappointment with Barcelona

Posted Saturday, October 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport66 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has responded to Roma striker Bojan Krkic who said he would never go back to Camp Nou. "He [Bojan] did everything to help us. I have good memories of him and I understand his disappointment as I used to play football too," Guardiola told the press. "He is still young and in two years he will be back here. He now has time to show that he can return to this club. I w...Full Story »

Pique confident of Guardiola stay

Posted Friday, October 14, 2011 by ESPN53 hits

Despite doubts about Pep Guardiola's stay at Barcelona, defender Gerard Pique is confident the Catalan will sign a new deal with the La Liga giants.With Guardiola's current deal running out at the end of this season, there is fear that the Catalan could be lured by the siren call of Inter Milan, who have been reported to be keenly interested in snapping up the 40-year-old from the Nou Camp.Spe...Full Story »

"Barca will try to keep Guardiola"

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2011 by ESPN102 hits

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has admitted that the Catalans will have to do their best to keep Pep Guardiola at the club. Speaking to La Repubblica, Rosell had admitted that the reigning La Liga champions were not keen to lose "the best coach" in Barcelona's history. The 41-year-old tactician had recently admitted he was not keen to tie himself down to a long contract with Barcelona, an...Full Story »

Guardiola wants freedom with Barca

Posted Saturday, October 08, 2011 by ESPN112 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he does not want to be tied down on a long-term contract because he needs to feel free to decide his future.The 40-year-old was promoted from Barcelona's B team in June 2008 to replace Frank Rijkaard at the helm of the senior side.Since then Guardiola has extended his contract with the reigning Spanish and European champions on a year-by-year basis, with his ...Full Story »

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