You’re a good soldier, choosing your battles, pick yourself up and dust yourself off and back in the saddle. You’re on the front line, everyone’s watching, you know it’s serious, we’re getting closer this isn’t over.
“My gratitude to Johan is infinite. His legacy is also infinite. When I first started, he protected me. I did not know anything about football, and he gave me everything. Johan opened a fascinating world for me, like a new movie. With Johan, you felt that it was possible to dominate football. He gave us everything when we had nothing, we were even given grammar. He was such a great teacher that made you love your stuff. He was our Merlí. As a coach, he would always encourage you to follow your instinct, not logic. I still always wonder what he would do. He is so great that he completely changed four teams: FC Barcelona, Ajax, and the Netherlands and Spanish National Teams. The memory of Johan is indestructible. What he has done is unstoppable - I’m sorry for those who do not like it.”
- Pep Guardiola, to RAC1 after the passing of Johan Cruyff
“This coach is unique, especially because of how he’s conveyed his football philosophy and how he’s put it into practice” - Victor Valdes
“When he was a player, it was clear he would be a great coach. He already leaded the team on the pitch. Once, in a game against Atletico Madrid, he changed our positions on the pitch after each tactical variation of the opponent without talking to the coach” - Carles Puyol
“Sometimes he talked with great self-considence, "We’ll score four goals”. I thought “Jeez, they are Bayern Munich!” And finally we scored four goals" - Xavi
Thanks for the victories, happy emotions and you in Barcelona Happy birthday!
When you see Barcelona’s game against Valencia, you realise that Barça still demonstrated that no one plays like them. No one. I still continue to think that nobody can play at their level. They play unique football, special football. They have for many years, and I hope they can retain the league title. That’s what I want.
My favorite player and coach: Xavi and Pep Guardiola
Xavi: “Guardiola - fantastic tactician, able to motivate team. With his help, I learned a lot <…>
I remember a personal talk after Euro 2008. There were rumors about my departure and I asked him if he would count me in. He told me that couldn’t imagine the team without me and that got me very excited <…>
Pep - is a leader who everybody follows. He’s also respectful, and has values. He’s an example to follow and that thing reaches people.”