Not the titles. Neither the Gold Medal just awarded by the Parliament. Nothing takes Guardiola’s mind off the job. “My passion is for training, for my job. All I’m worried about is doing my work”, he said.
Puyol always a guarantee
From Friday, Guardiola has four players back to full fitness in Puyol, Maxwell, Afellay and
Adriano. “We will need everybody to fight for every match” he said.
On Puyol, who has been out for the longest, Guardiola said “we’re full of joy
that he’s back. He is a basic player for us, he does things that nobody else does, he’s
the captain, he has experience in so many different situations … he been though a lot. We are
pleased to see him happy and yelling in training. Carles is always a guarantee of
They day after being awarded the maximum accolade from the Parliament of Catalonia, Josep Guardiola
has turned his mind fully back to Saturday’s game at Anoeta. He may have won 12 out of 15
titles so far, but all he wants to think about his carrying on his good work.
“I didn’t start my career with those pretensions. I try not to lose my
perspective. You can’t predict these things. I don’t worry about these things. I was
once passionate about playing football, now I am about coaching. I am passionate about my job, this
team, giving pleasure to people that like football in general. I’ll continue to do my job as
well as I can. If we hadn’t won the titles I’d still be happy to know that we
tried”, said the FC Barcelona manager.
Importance of the group
Guardiola disagrees with people that put Barça’s huge success down to him,
claiming he is just one of many elements. “The strength of the team is that everybody has an
influence in making this work. The club cannot depend on one person. It depends on the management,
the Board, the coach, the players, the members … The club will stay strong because it has
been for a long time. Yes, we’ve won a lot of titles in two years, but the club is over a
hundred years old. As long as we keep making good signings we shall stay at the peak of our
He also joked about his future in politics. “I’m just a coach. I have no
political vocation, there are people who are very prepared for that … All coaches in the
world are passionate about their work. Me and some players have won 12 out of 15 titles? I’m
proud of being a contemporary of my players … but these questions make me uncomfortable, stop
it!” he laughed.
Danger of international break
Turning to Saturday’s match at Anoeta, Guardiola said “it is always a
bit hard to get back to things after international matches. We have to prepare well and work very
hard. Real Sociedad play differently to what they did last season, I’m very impressed with
their team and they have some things that have surprised me. They move around in a similar way to
Guardiola added that the hardest challenge this season “is the league as always, you
have to be competitive in every game. That’s the big challenge. That’s what’s
hardest for us. It clearly gets harder every year”.