After weeks of uncertainty Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, confirmed that Ronald Koeman will continue to be the coach of the first team and will fulfill the contract he signed with the previous board headed by Josep Maria Baertomeu. Despite this, the club’s boss has expressed that his dream is to convince Pep Guardiola to return, despite the fact that he will continue at Manchester City.
In this context, Guardiola himself spoke at this time in the framework of a golf tournament held in Mallorca and in which several former players participate. It was precisely because of this event that he had the opportunity to meet with Koeman and share a meal where they remembered old times where they shared a dressing room in their time as players.
The Spanish, champion of the last Premier League with the City, spoke before the press, who pointed all his questions to the situation of Barcelona. In this sense, he first anticipated to the fans that they should be happy for two of the additions achieved so far, Sergio Agüero and Eric García.: “They are two great signings, total successes. The When He is a scorer, and with Eric I already told Koeman that he has made a spectacular signing. It’s a gem of a boy. He is very intelligent. He will be one of the captains of the next decade”. Pep knows both of them precisely because he directed them until May at the Manchester team.
Regarding the Dutchman’s situation, he commented: “I am a friend of his. Coaches are weakened when we don’t win and strengthened when we win. I’ve been to three different clubs, but nothing compares to one Barça or a Madrid, where the impact is much greater, where everything is more difficult to control privately. This I have discussed with Ronald, we are exposed to this, if you do not want this, do not dedicate yourself, but he is strong and has a lot of experience. He is the ideal coach for the next season. I am very happy and the president is convinced. It has been a difficult year for everyone, and Ronald deserves another year, with people in the stadium. Besides, the second years are always better ”.
Regarding the performance of the Barça team in the season, he limited himself to saying that “at some times of the year, the team has played very well, one of the best games they have had in Spain. In La Liga, he fell at the end when he was close, but he won the Cup ”.
In addition, he was consulted by the announcement of Carlo Ancelotti in the Real Madrid, who will have a second stage in the white box and arrives to replace Zinedine Zidane. “I have a very good relationship with Carlo, and he is an exceptional manager. Beyond the fact that his tactical intuition is very intelligent, his management as a human being is great, I am very happy for him ”, he said.
Guardiola expressed himself happy about his present in the Manchester City, a club with which he reached the Champions League final weeks ago for the first time in history, although he was left with the desire to celebrate after losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the grand final in Portugal. Despite this, the former Bayern Munich manager hopes to improve in order to reach maximum glory in 2022.