Pep Guardiola is a man with a lot to say about the game of football and how it should be played. His teams play in his image and he takes his teams to levels where brilliance becomes routine and competition simply goes out the window.
Some players have found his micro-management suffocating, others are in awe of his attention to detail, but everyone can agree that his methods and philosophies work.
When he speaks it’s usually worth listening and some of his thoughts on the game and how a team should operate are truly inspirational. But maybe it would be better for you to read some of his best quotes here rather than have him scream in your face after his team has just beaten you.
”In football, the worst things are excuses. Excuses mean you cannot grow or move forward.”
”People always think the coach is the strongest person at a club, the boss, but in truth, he’s the weakest link. We’re there, vulnerable, undermined by those who don’t play, by the media, by the fans. They all have the same objective: to undermine the manager.”
”Tactics are so important because everybody has to know what they have to do on the pitch. The relationships and behaviours off the pitch between team-mates have to be as good as possible.”
”I am not dealing with footballers, I am dealing with people. They have fears and worry about failing and making fools of themselves in front of 80,000 people. I have to make them see that without each other they are nothing.”
”If there isn’t a sequence of 15 previous passes, a good transition between attack and defence is impossible. Impossible.”
”Lahm is a scandal. He is super-intelligent, understands the game brilliantly, knows when to come inside or to stay wide. The guy is f##king exceptional.”
”My advice for Sebastian Kehl is: if you have a 35-point deficit in the league, it is better to shut up.”
”I don’t like it when a player says, ‘I like freedom; I want to play for myself.’ Because the player has to understand he is part of a team with 10 other players. If everyone wants to be a jazz musician, it will be chaos. They will not be a team, and nothing will be possible.”
”I need time, but as soon as possible, we are going to try to create team spirit. That is the most important thing. After that, you can create tactics, but we have to create something special with ourselves.”
”I won 21 titles in seven years: three titles per year playing in this way. I’m sorry, guys. I’m not going to change.”