Guardiola: Exhaustion led to Barca exit
Pep Guardiola reveals that he left Barcelona because he was "at the limit" of his exhaustion in a new book about the now-Bayern Munich coach, AS reports.
Herr Pep, written with his full authorisation by journalist Marti Perarnau, reveals that his departure from the Camp Nou had nothing to do with a falling-out with former club president Sandro Rosell.
AS reports that journalist Isaac Lluch, the Germany correspondent for Catalan daily Ara, has had a sneak preview of the book, which is due to be published in Catalan and Spanish in September.
It was written after Perarnau was authorised to spend 200 days a year with Guardiola, who told him: "Write everything you see and criticise everything you want to in the book, but during the season don't write anything that you see behind closed doors."
The coach says: "It isn't true that I left because Rosell didn't support me in rebuilding the squad.
"I was at my limit of exhaustion and I wasn't sure at all about what options I could offer the team. I didn't ask to rebuild the squad, because I was the one who had decided to leave."
Speaking about a potential return at some point in the future, he says: "The way the club is organised, there are only two options: either you're the power or you aren't the power. And, against my wishes, I have been forced to pick sides."
AS reports that Guardiola describes Bayern's 4-0 home hammering by Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals as "my biggest cock-up as a coach."
It also quotes him as saying that "I hate tiki-taka," explaining instead that his belief is that "without a sequence of 15 previous passes, a good transition between defence and attack is impossible."