“When they (the players) don’t get the message, don’t understand the message, it’s the coach’s problem, my problem. All the managers in the world, it doesn’t matter how good you are, if your players don’t understand what you are looking for or what you want, it makes no sense.”
“As so often, Guardiola sounded as though he thought of himself as a missionary spreading the light of civilisation to a dark and distant land, unable to hide his horror at the depths of mindless savagery across which he has stumbled. He should have noticed by now that this doesn’t play well with the public. ”
(Ken Early, The Irish Times)
Guardiola: ‘Did you hear Benatia’s instructions?
Kimmich: ‘Sorry Pep, I didn’t.’
Guardiola: ‘F***! You were meant to move into centre midfield!’
Kimmich: ‘I’m really sorry. I just didn’t hear him.’
Guardiola: ‘I wanted you to move in front of the defensive line and maintain that position but instead you moved away from that organising position and we lost control. I need you to listen when people pass on my instructions.’
Kimmich: ‘I’m so sorry. I had no idea…’
Up to that point, the conversation is all hairdryer treatment but then Guardiola hugs his young player.
Guardiola: ‘You were brilliant out there today, Josh. Really, really good. I told you could do it!’
Kimmich: ‘Thanks Pep. It was a hard game but I did okay in the end.’
Guardiola: ‘What do you mean “okay”? You f***ing aced it. You were b****y sensational, Josh. Sensational! I’m so proud of you.’
In that conversation there is a hint of how Guardiola works: the intensity, the passion, and obsession with detail, which, to be frank, begins to grate on players by the third or fourth year but can transform teams in the early days. But it also shows the humanity and his ability to inspire young men. It is a formula all the great managers have.”
(Rob Draper, MailOnline)