Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola on possibility of returning to FC Barcelona

Guardiola’s time in Barcelona

After spending a year as Barcelona’s B coach, Pep Guardiola was appointed as Barca’s first-team manager in 2008.

Guardiola’s four-year stint at the Nou Camp saw some top quality football, with Barcelona dominating domestically and in Europe.

Pep would help guide Barca to three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Supercopa de Españas, two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Henry Guardiola

Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola gives instructions to his player Thierry Henry during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Osasuna at the Camp Nou Stadium on March 24, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-0. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Pep open to Barca return

Guardiola would then leave Barca for Bayern Munich before eventually signing for Manchester City in 2016.

Since arriving in England, Pep has been similarly dominant domestically, but has struggled somewhat in Europe.

The past two seasons have seen City reign over the Premier League, winning the title on both occasions with staggering 100 and 98 point totals.

This past season also saw the Citizens become the first ever male English side to win the domestic treble.

 

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The only trophy to elude Guardiola at both City and Bayern has been the Champions League.

And, with the 2019/20 season edging ever closer, Guardiola has been speaking about a return to Barcelona:

“I will return to Barcelona sooner or later.

“But as president, forget about it. To be president, you have to know [what you’re doing] and be prepared; to have knowledge that I don’t have.

“I’m trying to be a good coach; that hasn’t gone too badly in this decade. I will return to Barcelona to live, sooner or later.” As quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

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