The coach is delighted that the new Masia is open and is named after “the great professor Oriol Tort … I hope it continues to work like it has for the last 32 years,” having produced today’s unrepeatable generation of stars.
Pep Guardiola was also asked what he makes of the ETA announcement of a permanent cease-fire.
“That’s good news. It’s a very special moment for the country. And for many
years” he said.
The inauguration of la Masia, Oriol Tort Training Centre on Thursday was an emotional day for
everyone. Pep Guardiola was there, and praised the ceremony at the Ciutat Esportiva in
today’s press conference. “It was a very emotional event. I celebrate the fact that it
carries the name of the great professor Oriol Tort.” He hopes the “youth teams will be
able to train in peace” at the new facility.
Guardiola knows what a good job was done at La Masia over the 32 years at the old
location and has wished a long life for the new version. He knows that the current Barça generation
includes 11 players that grew up there, but feels that the current situation “is an exception
… I doubt that such a generation will ever be repeated”.
Hard to replace
Guardiola thinks it will be hard to find anybody to replace Xavi, Iniesta, Valdés
and company. “But while they are still here, it is good for the new youngsters to join them.
But it is impossible to swap them piece for piece. It’s a very difficult process to
He also spoke about Xavi, who could break the record for league appearances if he plays
against Sevilla on Saturday. “He will be a hard player to replace, not just because of what
he does on the field but also off of it. It is hard to find somebody who generates do much joy in
Sevilla a tricky opponent
But Guardiola has not been sidetracked from his duty of preparing for Sevilla’s visit
to the Camp Nou. He reckons they “are one of the big teams … they haven’t lost
any games so far, and that’s not by chance. Sevilla play first touch football and go straight
for the goalkeeper.”