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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pep Guardiola Rules Out a Return to FC Barcelona

Guardiola 2010.jpg
Josep "Pep" Guardiola in 2010.
Photo credit: Якушкин Иван
Pep Guardiola, who will be the new manager of Bayern Munich next season, made a trip to South America a few weeks ago. Mr. Guardiola has been on a year-long sabbatical in New York City. He visited Colombia and Argentina, respectively, and made much-anticipated comments to conference audiences who were eager to learn more about this intriguing man.

Who would have bet that Mr. Guardiola's past, FC Barcelona, would collide with his future, FC Bayern Munich, in the semi-final round of the Champions League this season? What were the betting odds on Unibet for that mouth-watering tie taking place?

Let's see what he had to say to 120 children of three primary schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, along with 100 local business leaders who also attended. Mr. Guardiola's remarks were transcribed by Veronica Brunati of Diario Marca.

Discussion Items

* On an eventual return to FC Barcelona
* On his decision to leave FC Barcelona
* On his pride to manage FC Barcelona
* On Leo Messi and PlayStation
* On the secret of his success at FC Barcelona
* On his respect of Jupp Heynckes
* On his first visit to Argentina in seven years

Guardiola se sometió a las preguntas de 120 chicos de tres escuelas primarias de la ciudad, que le abordaron sin tapujos. El ex entrenador del Barca respondió amable todas las cuestiones y algunas fueron reveladoras. Pep se encargó de dejar claro que su etapa en el Barça se había cerrado para siempre. 
Guardiola took on the questions of 120 children at three primary schools in the city which addressed without a qualm. The former manager of Barcelona answered all the questions in a friendly manner and some were revealing. Pep made it clear that his tenure at Barca had been closed forever.
"¿Si volveré un día a dirigir al Barcelona? Eso es etapa cerrada. Uno nace, crece, se casa, tiene hijos, se hace mayor. Ya está. Desapareció. Sentí mucha tranquilidad al dejar el Barça".
"Es mejor tomar la decisión de dejar un club a que otros la tomen por ti"

"Cuando uno toma la decisión de dejar un club es mejor que cuando otros toman la decisión por ti". Y respondió con elogios a todas las preguntas que le hacían sobre su ex equipo: "Fue maravilloso dirigir a grandes profesionales como los que dirigí en el Barcelona".
"Will I ever return to manage at Barcelona? That is a closed door. You are born, grow up, get married, have children, it makes you better. That's the way it is. Vanished. I felt very calm when I left Barca."
"When you make a decision to leave a club, it's better than when others make the decision for you." 
And he responded with praise to all of the questions that they had about his former team.
"It was marvelous to lead such great professionals such as those I managed at Barcelona."
Evidentemente, su experiencia con Messi fue otro de los temas estrella del encuentro. Le preguntaron si le gustaban los videojuegos: "Dudo que Messi juegue mejor en la Playstation que en la vida real. Yo no juego pero mi hijo sí y en su equipo siempre está Messi". Y aseguró: “Dirigir a Messi ha sido un privilegio”.
Obviously, his experience with Messi was another of the leading themes of this meeting. They asked him if he liked videogames.
"I doubt that Messi plays better in PlayStation than in real life. I don't play but my son does and on his team, Messi is always there. To manage Messi was a privilege."
Pep destacó las ganas de jugar y el amor por el fútbol de los futbolistas azulgranas cuando él estaba en el Barça como la clave del éxito: “Los jugadores que dirigí en el Barcelona fueron los profesionales más amateurs que conocí nunca”.
Pep stressed the desire to play and the love for football that the Barcelona players had when he was at Barcelona as the secret of his success.
"The players that I managed at Barcelona were the most professional 'amateurs' that I have ever known."
Respeto a Heynckes
También le preguntaron por el Bayern de Múnich, cuyas riendas tomará a partir del próximo mes de junio relevando a Jupp Heynckes. En esta cuestión si que se mostró mucho más reservado: “No voy a hablar del Bayern hasta que no este allí por respeto a la gente que esta trabajando con el equipo”. Y por último, una concesión a la galería: “Estoy feliz de estar en Argentina. La última vez fue hace siete años, espero que para la próxima no pase tanto tiempo”.
Respect to Heynckes
They also asked him about Bayern Munich, which he'll take over at the beginning of July replacing Jupp Heynckes. In this matter, he was much-more reserved.
"I'm not going to talk about Bayern until I'm there out of respect to people who are still working with the team." 
And lastly, as a concession to the gallery.
"I"m very happy to be in Argentina. The last time was seven years ago. I hope that so much time won't pass before the next visit."
Mas tarde, Guardiola almorzó con 100 empresarios que pagaron hasta 1.000 euros por sentarse a la mesa. Gabriel Milito, David Trezeguet y Alejandro Sabella, entre otros, también acudieron.
After his talk, Guardiola had lunch with 100 business leaders who paid up to 1000 euros to sit at his table. Gabriel Milito, David Trezeguet and Alejandro Sabella, among others, also went.

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