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3 former Barcelona players who have reservations about Pep Guardiola

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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1.19K   //    10 Dec 2018, 20:17 IST

Not everyone likes Pep Guardiola
Not everyone likes Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is arguably the master of beautiful football. The former Barcelona man has had a successful managerial career, having won every major trophy available. He's regarded as one of the best managers in the world, and some even consider him the best manager ever. 

The Spaniard became famous with his tiki-taka football in Barcelona, as the Catalans were nearly untouchable during his tenure, and even gave their arch-rivals, Real Madrid, a 5-0 thrashing. His second venture with Bayern Munich was also a successful one, winning the Bundesliga title on all three occasions. 

The former Barcelona boss is currently at Manchester City where he has changed the dynamic of English football altogether. Last season, City broke the points tally, reaching 100 points in the league.

However, what stands out is the brand of football the blue half of Manchester City is showcasing at the moment. They are hard to beat, and are well on course to successfully retain the Premier League.

A man like Pep Guardiola who is so much praised by the footballing world is not short of haters either. He has been criticised for shutting players out, players he didn't fancy at all. Here is a list of three former Barcelona players who don't seem to be on the good books of the Spaniard.


#3 Yaya Toure

Toure suffered under Guardiola, both at Barcelona and Manchester City
Toure suffered under Guardiola, both at Barcelona and Manchester City

Guardiola is the dream manager of almost every player in the world. However, one man who will be glad never to have to play under him again is Yaya Toure. 

At 23, the Ivorian midfielder was at Olympiacos, emerging as one of the brightest prospects in Europe, and drawing the attention of top clubs in the world. A Barca deal got finalised, and Toure became the trusted defensive anchor behind Xavi and Deco. But when Pep took over, things changed.

Pep sold Ronaldinho & Deco, and brought in the likes of Pedro and Busquets. The arrival of the Spanish midfielder eventually resulted in Toure's downfall. This left Toure aggravated, and he moved to City, claiming Pep didn't care about him until the transfer offer came in. 

Years later, they reunited again at City where Yaya again found himself on the bench. He left Manchester City before the start of the current campaign. 

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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