Sacchi reveals Barcelona deemed Guardiola crazy at first

first_imgLegendary Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi spoke at a Sports Festival in Trento where he described how FC Barcelona first thought Guardiola was crazy.We recently spoke about Pep Guardiola’s time in Mexico and how the people from that country experienced life around him, today we come with a story from a different part of his professional life, told by legendary manager Arrigo Sacchi. The Italian football legend who was the mastermind of that incredible AC Milan side that won the last two consecutive European Cups before the format was transformed into the Champions League we know today, Sacchi has been involved in several dinners and conversations with Pep Guardiola as both managers are amongst the most intelligent football figures in modern history. During one of those many times they got together, Pep took some time to tell the story about the first time the Barcelona board trusted him with the first squad, when Joan Laporta was president and the first bold steps the Catalan manager decided to give in the club’s best interest. Pep came to revolutionize FC Barcelona from its very roots, he refused to keep key players like Ronaldinho to the surprise of many.? Sacchi cuenta los cuatro jugadores que Guardiola no quería nada más llegar al Barça ?— AS (@diarioas) September 12, 2018But there is a very important detail to this story that nobody knew before Sacchi told it this week at a Sports Festival in Trento where they asked him to talk about his football anecdotes, he revealed that Pep Guardiola refused to keep up to four key players in the squad. The manager told president Laporta that he didn’t just want Ronaldinho and Deco out of the squad to begin his new project, he also didn’t care for strikers  Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry but ultimately was convinced to keep them by the president. The poor relationship with the Cameroon international was already well-known by the media back in the day, but the news about Guardiola also rejecting Thierry Henry for his squad came as a surprise to everyone because the Frenchman was one of the key players in the team that won the first historic treble for FC Barcelona. After making the decision, Sacchi also spoke about how Pep wanted to give the academy players a chance and how he took Sergio Busquets and Pedro on their first experience in top-tier football. But the Italian manager revealed that the Barcelona board believed he was crazy in the beginning, but trusting him was the best thing they ever did.Guardiola never wanted Henry, Ronaldinho and Deco at Barca – Sacchi Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— Sports Roadhouse® (@SportsRoadhouse) September 12, 2018“I remember when Guardiola was promoted to the first team at Barcelona from the Fourth Division team, he told president Joan Laporta that he didn’t want four players. Those four names were the most important in the squad at the moment, they were Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, and Deco. They thought he was crazy at first. The president then proceeded to ask him which players Guardiola had in mind to bring as new transfers, to which Pep responded by saying he wanted no one. Guardiola said he wanted to promote young players from the academy, we have to remember that this was the fourth division, that’s how Pep decided to give both Busquets and Pedro their big breaks. However, the president asked to at least consider keeping one of those four players and Guardiola ultimately decided to keep Eto’o and Henry. On that same season, he won La Liga but he lost the first match against Numancia and he tied the second against Racing Santander. But president Laporta was patient with him as Berlusconi was patient with me during my time at AC Milan, I always say that patience is the most important thing in football,” said Sacchi at the event in a video picked up by Diario AS.Sarri, Sacchi and Guardiola. What a pic.— fabiano™ (@XaviTempo_) June 13, 2018What do you think about Pep Guardiola’s surprising decision to also get rid of Thierry Henry when he first arrived in Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img

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