Pep Guardiola has opened up about his friendship with his players during his four years as Barcelona boss, according to ESPN and Diario AS. He acknowledged that their interactions weren’t always pleasant, as some members prioritized their own well-being over the team’s success.
“I had much better relationships with some players at Barcelona than with others because there are many players who think of the common good, and I feel much closer to this sort of player than to those who just think ‘I, I, I,’” Guardiola explained. “We use these when we have to use them, and we don’t use them when we don’t have to use them.
“Relationships with players leave scars over the seasons, but they also teach you a lot. All teaches you something. However, it is the players, not the coach, that determine the coach-player relationship. There are players who deserve to have a close relationship with one another, and those who deserve to have a more distant relationship with one another.
“Football is a company in which you win the day the referee blows the whistle and the game begins. Apart from that, whether we’re mates or not is irrelevant. This is a commercial venture. And I’ve come here with the intention of bringing out the best in the game. They must do well for the sake of our club and the enjoyment of our fans. It’s nice to have healthy relationships.But it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s good or bad, because this is a business.”
Between 2008 and 2012, Guardiola coached Barcelona for four seasons. During that time, they were victorious in every match. The Catalans won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three Supercopa de Espana titles, two Champions League titles, two European Super Cup titles, and two Club World Cup titles during Guardiola’s tenure as a player.