Bayern boss Guardiola reveals reasons behind his Barcelona exit
One of the biggest shockers 2012 gave us was Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave Barcelona. Guardiola, a club legend, bred up in its academy before going on to dominate the pitch, left the Catalan giants whilst they were at their peak. Now, the former Spain international has finally revealed the reasons which led him to make the decision to step down as manager of the club.
Guardiola, who is now managing Bayern Munich, replaced Frank Rijkaard as the manager of Barcelona in 2008. During his four-year spell with Barcelona, Guardiola lifted a total of 14 different trophies, which included two Champions League titles and three La Liga titles.
After acquiring so much glory and fame it hard to understand why a club legend would abandon his home. At the time of stepping down as manager of Barcelona, Guardiola simply announced: “I have nothing left and need to recharge my batteries”. However, everybody understood that there was more truth to this tale.
In an interview to Audi Annual Report, Guardiola stated that his years of dominance at Barcelona had become “a curse” for him as he could no longer reach out to his players. The sense of invincibility and lack of ambition corrupted the motivation his players used according to Guardiola.
Revealing the reasons behind his exit from Barcelona the Spanish boss said that the 3-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Champions League final in 2012 made him realize that he couldn’t go through to his players. Chelsea came back from two goals down to pick a 2-2 draw after going down to ten men on the pitch.
Guardiola said that his players weren’t playing as he expected them to. The 45th minute goal by Ramires and the penalty kick miss from Lionel Messi were further proof of his side’s incapability.
“That was a moment of great sadness -- as if suddenly someone had switched the floodlights off,” Guardiola said. “We were better than our opponents but in the second leg conceded an unnecessary goal and the next thing we knew we were out of the competition.
“That was a very hard defeat for me. I had the feeling that I was no longer able to reach my team, and if you can no longer reach your players then it is time to move on.”