Sergio Busquets does not believe Pep Guardiola will ever go back to Barcelona as a coach, but hopes he does eventually return in another role. Ever since Pep managed to secure a treble in his first season in management and then going to win the only sextuple in football history, he has been revered as a football demi-god that all future Barca managers can only aspire too.
During the early part of the 2014/15 campaign especially, when things weren’t exactly going well for the manager in terms of squad selections being questioned, no one could have dreamed that Barca would be ending the season so successfully. Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola spent most of his career at Barcelona. Starting as a player, he went on to be one of the club’s most successful coaches.
After making it into Barcelona’s famous football school “La Masia” aged just 13, Guardiola eventually became an integral part of the first team. Between 1990 and 2001, he won six league titles, two Spanish cups and a Champions League title at Barca. In 2001, Guardiola left Barcelona as the club’s then-coach Louis van Gaal turned his eye to younger players. After several works in Italy, Qatar and Mexico, Guardiola returned to coach Barcelona’s youth team in 2007. One year later he was named first-team head coach. At 37-years-old he was the third youngest head coach ever at Barcelona.
Instead of building the team with big names in the squad, Pep opted for team-oriented players who understood his idea of possession football and could deliver his famous tiki-taka style of play. The Catalonian club collected 14 titles in four years as the club became the blueprint on modern footballing success. In Pep’s first year in charge, Barcelona won it all: La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
The midfielder believes Guardiola is the best coach he has ever worked with. Busquets was given his break in the Barcelona first team in 2008 after Pep Guardiola had replaced Frank Rijkaard as boss. He made 212 Liga appearances and win the Champions League twice among a host of honors.
“I don’t think he’ll return as a coach, but maybe someday in another function,” he told Sport Bild. “As a Barcelona fan you can only wish for his return someday.”
Barca knocked Guardiola out of the Champions League this season when beating Bayern Munich in the semifinals. “For me, he will always be the best coach. What he has done for the club as a player and as a coach will never be forgotten,” added Busquets.