Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Two days after one of the most incredible Champions League ties ever, thoughts are beginning to turn to the future of Pep Guardiola and where the current Barcelona side go from here.
Pep Guardiola met with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell today and the indications given by the Catalan press are that the spectacularly successful coach will stand down at the end of the season, with the announcement to be made at a press conference tomorrow.
Sport claim Rosell has offered Guardiola a blank cheque to continue coaching Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and co. Whilst El Mundo Deportivo voice the fears of many connected with the club, that Pep will leave in the coming weeks.
In the backdrop to all this is the two-legged tie with Chelsea which Barcelona dominated to a degree unseen before in terms of all statistics bar goals.
Chelsea had a staggering 18% possession over two legs and scored with three out of the four chances they created. Meanwhile Barcelona hit the woodwork four times over the 180 minutes.
Goals are the only important currency in football, but if the Champions League semi-final was Pep Guardiola’s last big tie as coach of Barcelona, plenty will wonder what might have been had Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi put away their chances.