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27.05.2009 23:00

Guardiola: “We know we have done something great”

Anna Segura

Pep Guardiola believes that he is "fortunate" to be enjoying the moments of glory that he has had this season during a "splendid" first year in charge of FC Barcelona.

The Blaugana boss stated that he has enjoyed one of the best moments of his life and it is difficult to see what he could have done better as he guided the team to an historic treble of the Champions League, Spanish title and Copa del Rey. After beating Manchester United in Rome, Guardiola said: "We are delighted. I have seen that the players are greatly affected by this because we know that we have done something great."

Pleased and satisfied

Reflecting on the season as a whole, Guardiola explained that he wanted to congratulate all the players. "I wish them all this and more and hope they enjoy it. I am pleased and satisfied. I need to take it all in enjoy the feelings. We had a few minutes when started slowly, but we then took over and were able to play the way we wanted."

From Krakow to Rome

ZUERAS_FC.BARCELONA_-_MANCHESTER_UNITED_FINAL_CHAMPIONS_TROFEO_27-05-09_095.JPGBarça's route to Rome began in August in the qualifying round against Wisla Krakow and after nine months the team has been crowned as champions in Rome. "We started out in Krakow and now we have completed the job here in Rome."

Making history

After becoming the first team from the Spanish league to win the Champions League, domestic title and Copa del Rey, Guardiola hailed his players. "We may not be the best team in history, but we have had the best season in history," he explained.

Messi the best

Guardiola wanted to congratulate all the players for their performances, but he was also keen to highlight the role that Lionel Messi played. "He is a fantastic player. We did not need to win the European Cup to prove that he was the best in the world."

On Sylvinho and his performance at left-back, Guardiola was delighted. "I should my hat off to him. I am so pleased because he was excellent," the coach stated.
Guardiola: “We know we have done something great”

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Player and coach
Pep Guardiola has now won the European Cup as a player and a coach with FC Barcelona and he explained that the club are now moving up the scale. "As a player it was very important because it was the first. We do not have as many as others, but we are approaching a select group."

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