Tag Archives: Guardiola

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Sid Lowe previews the Copa del Rey final at the Guardian Sportsblog by highlighting the close personal connection between the two sides’ managers: Barcelona’s outgoing Pep Guardiola and Athletic Bilbao’s ‘El Loco‘ Marcelo Bielsa, and how Guardiola’s cycle at the Catalan side has come full circle.

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The Question: why do great teams come to an end?

I know I’ve written and featured plenty of articles on Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, but this one is definitely worth your time: Jonathan Wilson writes his ‘The Question’ column for the Guardian Sportsblog, outlining how Guardiola’s final season was like a Greek tragedy – ‘the hero aware of his destiny yet unable to avert it’.

A truly thought-provoking article.

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Inside the mind of Pep Guardiola

In the wake of Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to step down at the end of the season, Graham Hunter – author of the much lauded Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World – writes a  in-depth article for Four Four Two about Guardiola’s history as a player and a manager.

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Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea

Considering all the factors – the teams’ recent history, Chelsea’s massive first-leg upset – this match had the potential to be truly legendary, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Both teams came into this match on the back of … Continue reading

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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

There are few football matches in the world bigger than El Clasico, and this edition of Spain’s most-hyped match had extra spice. Not only was it a true title-decider with Real Madrid leading the way by 5 points, it also … Continue reading

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Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona

There were plenty of subplots going into this game, most obviously the backdrop of the highly controversial previous encounter between the two same sides in 2009. Chelsea had 5 players in the starting line-up who also played in that intensely … Continue reading

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Barcelona 3-1 Milan

Milan came into the second-leg of the Champions League semi-finals knowing that a score draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou would see them through, something they had already achieved during the earlier group stages of the competition this season. … Continue reading

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