“In these complicated times, Guardiola is a blessing,” is the headline of a perfectly correct mood post from a Spanish journalist.
While Manchester city currently rolls in the Premier League, with a 12th straight win that allows the men to Pep guardiola to be 10 points ahead of United and even 19 of Liverpool (the outgoing champion), a journalist from Marca, Jaime Rincon, would like to congratulate the Catalan coach for his well-known playing philosophy.
It must be said that the debate will be eternal between football fans. There are those who pragmatic trainers to the skies, José Mourinho or Didier Deschamps with the mentality of winners who have filled their record. There are those passionate about the round ball who seized the chance they had to have Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp or Marcelo Bielsa. Strategists with noble ideas.
Guardiola doesn’t win without Messi, so what?
It’s a fact: Guardiola won 14 trophies with the Barça of Lionel Messi, from 2008 to 2012, but was unable to win the Champions League at Bayern, Bundesliga juggernaut, and Manchester City, with almost unlimited means (with whom he reached the historic record for points in the Premier League). So what ? After improbable eliminations, if City wave the cup with the big ears, it won’t be a miracle.
” Football goes beyond materialistic questions, results, trophies. He got them, too. Football is also and simply sensations, feelings, reactions on a sofa provided by a match for Guardiola’s team. Tactical rigor is eating away at the show, the physical level has eaten up talent for a long time », Regrets the journalist of Marca.
“He is not the inventor of football, he is its protector”
And to explain rightly: ” He uses tactics to solve problems, not to create them. He wants his team to play, not to protect themselves. He was not the inventor of football, but today he is its protector. In City matches, there is rhythm, speed, surpassing oneself, innovation, ambition, intelligence, solidarity, good taste. It’s a style that makes this sport worthy. “
Have football lovers forgotten why they had fallen in love with the sport one day? Yes, most definitely. Originally, ” it’s about entertaining with a goal, winning with good principles, playing football, the one who filled the stadiums before the pandemic and who stuck people in front of their TVs “. And it’s worth remembering every day, not just when Guardiola’s City win.
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