Ex Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will never manage the Catalan giants again. A lot of fans are restless with Luis Enrique’s start to the season and although Barça have won many games in La Liga, the team looks like it’s suspect to fall on its own sword when they face a bit of stiff competition.
The fans have called for a return from Guardiola, who is currently at Bayern Munich and have dismissed Luis Enrique as a “middle table man”. It’s true, Barcelona have had an amazing start to the season but when you analyse it closely, the big wins have come from playing the small fry of the Spanish League. Then they lost to PSG in the Champions League and had their pride hurt by Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season losing 3 goals to 1 at the Bernabéu.
Then it was a 1 nil loss to Celta Vigo, Luis Enrique’s old team, and the fans started to ask questions. Barcelona are now 2 points behind Real Madrid and although there’s no reason to press the panic button, questions are being raised as to whether Barça made the right choice in Enrique.
Guardiola won 14 trophies at Barcelona as manager, including three league titles and two Champions League crowns. Under him FC Barcelona won six trophies in 2009 alone.
However Pep Guardiola has no intentions of coaching Barcelona again.
“No, in principal, I’ve no intention of ever coaching Barça again”, Guardiola told Catalan daily Ara.
“I believe in life there are cycles, and mine at Barça is over.
“My wife works here and the idea is to come back here to live at some point. When? I’ve no idea”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, outspoken Johan Cruyff, who attended the opening of the Borgonovo Campus told Italian sports paper’La Gazzetta dello Sport’: “We’ve only played eleven games. We hit top form in the first seven or eight and our performances have dropped off somewhat since then. We have a new coach, new players and they logically still have to gel. You can’t judge Luis Enrique after ten weeks in the job”.
Who thinks Johan Cruyff is right – can we judge Luis Enrique after ten weeks into the job?