Pep Guardiola’s shocking secret to success at Barcelona revealed
Ever wondered what was secret to Pep Guardiola’s success at Barcelona? Well, it’s a secret no more. A report on Fox Sports has revealed that the in-waiting Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola hired a private investigation company Metodo 3 to spy on star players from his squad.
According to Fox Sports, the former Barcelona manager initiated the spying activities in order to “ensure club harmony”. Interestingly, Pep Guardiola wasn’t alone in this operation. The Spaniard was helped by then Barcelona director of security Xavier Martorell.
The report revealed Xavier Martorell and Pep Guardiola worked together with a group of detectives to stay informed about the personal lives of several Barcelona players between 2008 and 2012.
“During the time that Pep managed the ‘Azulgranas’ first team he developed a good understanding and friendship with Martorell, who willingly helped Guardiola to be informed at all times,” the report stated.
The list of players being spied included world-class players from Barcelona’s first-team, such as Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto’o, and present defender Gerard Pique.
The report further revealed that Pep Guardiola took a lot of interest in Gerard Pique after he started dating the famous Colombian singer Shakira. During his spell at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola found himself in a locker-room bust-up with Gerard Pique after he openly criticized the center back for getting distracted because of his off-field life.
Pep Guardiola and Gerard Pique reconciled later on, but not before the Spanish boss blamed the former Manchester United defender for losing form because of dating Shakira. Gerard Pique and Shakira just recently welcomed their first child, a son who has been named Milan Pique.
Apart from emerging as a top-contender in the stalking world, Pep Guardiola has reputation for being one of the best football managers on this planet. In his first year with Barcelona (2008), Pep Guardiola managed to grab a treble by winning the Copa del Rey, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Pep Guardiola received the honor of winning the FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2011. Soon after winning the award, Pep Guardiola called quits on his Barcelona career. During his four-year stint with Barcelona, Pep Guardiola grabbed a total of 14 trophies. The former Spain international is set to replace Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich at the end of the season.