One would imagine that Josep Guardiola is sat smugly beside a pool somewhere in Spain enjoying a well-deserved, refreshing Sangria after a hugely successful tenure in Catalonia. But there is something that is not right in Pep’s head. There will always be something that will never leave the fray of his imagination. He cannot fathom another year outside of football, whether Pep admits it or not is a different story altogether. He needs to be back in the game, for our sake, and his.
It is no secret that Pep Guardiola is currently being hounded down by many of Europe’s elite clubs. Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester City amongst others, are reported to have enquired about the Spaniard’s services. The former Barcelona player and manager is widely considered to be one of the best in the business, spearheading a Catalonian revolution after taking the mantle from Frank Rijkaard in 2008. He sculpted and shaped a Barcelona team which became arguably one of the best sides to have ever set tread upon a football pitch. He also paved the way for some of the world’s best including Xavi, Iniesta and last but not nearly least, Lionel Messi. There’s no need to say anymore about him. You know the deal.
But Pep now has a big decision to make. A decision that will most likely turn the world of football on its head. He will bring his strict training and dietary regimes, along with his much loved Tiki-taka football style to a new club. Some say Pep isn’t as good as he’s cracked up to be. Some say Guardiola had some of the best players in the world at his disposal and all he needed to do was manage them. But what those misinformed individuals do not understand is that with big players, come big egos. He managed their egos alluringly, to such an extent that there has never been one solitary scuffle between players in Barcelona’s camp while under Guardiola.
Pep is hot property at the moment, with many big teams unable to rival the might of his former Barcelona team. They are still regarded as the best team on the planet, and their current form typifies this statement sublimely. The Catalan club lie 1st in the ‘La Liga’ table, 11 points clear of last season’s champions-turned-egotistical adversaries Real Madrid. But the real question lies within Pep’s ability to nurture some of the best teams and players in the world so capably. Will Guardiola be able to emulate his success in Spain with another club? It is a monumental feat to ask of even him, but who knows? Only time will tell.