Interview: Guillem Balague on Pep Guardiola
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Never has a manager been so sought after. The confirmation last month that Josep Guardiola would be taking the reins of Bayern Munich next season ended months of speculation and ‘exclusives’ that the Catalonian’s next move was to Chelsea or Manchester City or AC Milan. All this for a relatively young coach with just four years’ experience at his hometown club. Guillem Balagué's Another Way of Winning provides a fascinating insight into the life of Pep Guardiola, analysing his psyche as well as his footballing beliefs. Possessing inside access to talk to Guardiola and his players was a condition Balagué insisted on before agreeing to write the book, and this contact ensures this is much more than a factual, distant account of the coach behind the Barcelona side labelled by some as the greatest team in history. The reader is taken through Guardiola’s playing career where, as a defensive midfielder, he was able to see the game unfold in front of him. 11 of 16 years were spent at Barcelona, but his brief spells at Brescia, Roma and Al-Ahli are also incorporated, including a four-month ban after a positive drug test in Italy, which was subsequently overturned.
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