Since he left Barça more than ten years ago, in the summer of 2012, Pep Guardiola's return to the Catalan club has been a recurring theme, to a lesser or greater extent, in the Barça orbit, but the Manchester City coach has not He has among his plans to return to the Camp Nou bench, unless his presence is "essential".
"Pep left and Barça has continued to win. It is a big mistake that institutions like Barça think that only one person... If I thought that I was essential, I would return to Barça, but that is not the case", said the man from Santpedor in the 10th Gala of the stars of the Catalan Football Federation, held at the Antigua Fábrica Damm in Barcelona.
"They are stages, they are processes and that's it. If one day we have to meet again, we will meet again, but without forcing it, naturally," added Guardiola, coach of Barça's most glorious period between 2008 and 2012, when the Barcelona team He amazed the world with his football and won 14 titles out of 19 possible.
After leaving Barça, Guardiola, who was awarded the best Catalan coach at the gala, took a sabbatical and later signed for Bayern Munich. After three years in the Bavarian team, where he won three Bundesligas, he signed with Manchester City in 2016, a team with which he has just renewed until 2025.
"I feel very good there, they give me everything and I have very good friends close by (...) When you have continuity in a club it's because those above give you a lot of support. The city is not Barcelona, I'm not at home, that's It is evident, but every three days there is a game and I prepare them, that makes me feel good in Manchester and at City", he said about his continuity as cityzen.
After seven years at City, in which he has won four Premier Leagues but has not yet lifted his third Champions League as coach, Guardiola had planned to end his time at the English champion at the end of this season, but acknowledged, in a tone of humor, which "entangled" him again to continue another two years.
He also had words of praise for Barça and its board of directors, of which he highlighted that "they have made an incredible effort to build an extraordinary squad", and highlighted the role of Spain in Qatar. "It's not because it's Luis Enrique and because he's a great friend. Until now nobody has played like Spain in the World Cup," he concluded.