Pep Guardiola ruled out ever taking charge of Barcelona for a second spell as the Manchester City boss insisted he retains the “desire” to reach England. Guardiola is the most decorated coach in Barca’s glorious history after winning 14 trophies in four years in charge between 2008 and 2012. Josep Maria Bartomeu in the end bowed to pressure to resign as president of the Catalan giants this week, with some of the leading candidates to take over, Victor Font, saying he wants to cause legends like Guardiola and his former players Xavi and Carles Puyol back to work for the club.
“I said many times, my period as a manager in Barcelona is over. I think in life there is once it’s important to do things,” Guardiola said after City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.
“There are improbable people who can also be in charge, now for instance (Barcelona coach) Ronald Koeman is a wonderful manager. It is over.”
A boyhood Barca fan, Guardiola also enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the Camp Nou and still holds season tickets as a supporter.
“I will be able to come back to my seats to see my club to watch a game. I am incredibly happy here, still I have the desire to do polite and this is crucial object.”
“Now there will be elections in Barcelona. Optimistically, they may be able to make a choice the correct board to take care of this improbable club Barcelona in the highest level.”
Guardiola is already into the longest managerial spell of his career with this his fifth season at City.
His side still looks a long way off the heights they reached in winning back-to-back Premier League titles between 2017 and 2019, but they’re slowly getting on top of things after a start to the crusade disrupted by injuries, coronavirus cases and just a two-week-long pre-season.
Kyle Walker’s long-range effort against his former club used to be enough to safe City’s fourth win in five games in all competitions as they move up to seventh in the Premier League, just two points off the top.
Without a natural striker because of injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, City struggled to turn their dominance into goals at Bramall Lane.
“We played in point of fact polite,” added Guardiola. “We struggled to score goals for the chances we created, 16 shots, eight on course, is a lot against this team.”
Aaron Ramsdale used to be engaged in the Blades’ goal as he twice denied Ferran Torres from near range, while he unconvincingly parried Rodrigo’s long-range effort at the back of.
Walker in the end broke the impasse from similar range on 28 minutes as his shot arrowed low past Ramsdale’s right-hand, but there used to be a muted celebration from the England international against his boyhood club.
“My ma and pa live here, so whether I’d celebrated I’d have got numerous stick,” said Walker. “I’m a Sheffield United fan, so I couldn’t celebrate.”
Kevin De Bruyne flashed a shot wide following another attacking burst from Walker early in the second-half before Ramsdale produced his best save of the game from Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick.
On the other hand, City’s failure to kill off the game gave Chris Wilder’s men chances to snatch an unlikely point.
John Lundstram had the most productive chance for the hosts when he side-footed Sander Berge’s low cross over.
But Sheffield United have still scored just three goals in seven games to begin the season and remain second backside on just one point.
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