Why players love playing for Guardiola - Ex-Barca skipper

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 16/04/2018

Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has revealed why players love to play for Pep Guardiola, who has now won his first Premier League title.

Guardiola once again proved he is one of the best managers in the world by leading City to the Premier League title after their cross-town rivals Manchester United were beaten 1-0 at home by West Brom on Sunday and Xavi has revealed what is so special about the former Barca boss and why players love playing for him.

“Everyone remembers the trophies and that’s what goes on your c.v. as a player, but more than just winning things, my memories from that era are of how much I enjoyed it,” he told the Daily Mail.

“How much I enjoyed training every day. The team-talks. The analysis of the opposition. The way he broke down how we had to play each game, where we would find the space on the pitch, which of our players was going to end up being spare for us.

“You are always left with two things in football: what you have achieved and the way you have achieved it. People almost remember the way you have done things more than just what you have done.

“And if you ask the City players if they enjoy playing football then they would all say yes. Before maybe they were touching the ball 30 times in a game and now it’s 60. The defenders are on the ball more, the strikers are more involved in the play. Players enjoy playing for him and it shows.

“Guardiola’s teams enjoy playing because they have the ball and they are watching the other team running after it.

“You get to the end of a game when you play for Guardiola and you have had the ball throughout and you’re thinking: well I could go on playing another 10 or 15 minutes here.”