Prior to the start of the 2009 UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, Pep Guardiola, who was in his debut course as a First Division coach, projected a compilation to his players that included scenes from the route that the Barça until that last game and the iconic movie The gladiator.
The sequence obviously moved the entire expedition. But Thierry Henry didn’t just keep the video. The legendary French attacker does not forget the Catalan coach’s speech. According to the champion, he did not talk to them about going out to win at all costs. He did not express something like ‘the finals are won in any case’. He focused on telling them to step onto the field to play their soccer, to respect and honor the style that had them on the brink of eternal glory.
PEP GUARDIOLA’S SPEECH BEFORE THE ROME CHAMPIONS FINAL
“Before the game, he showed us the video of the Gladiator, who could have killed us because he was so emotional. For the first two minutes I thought I was in a movie. But this is what he told us: ‘Listen, no matter what happens today, we have to stay true to our principles and who we are. I want people at the end of the game to say: ‘That FC Barcelona can play football’. He never told us that we should win, he didn’t yell. That’s what he told us. ‘I want people at the end of the game to say that we can play soccer. Let’s not lose who we are. ‘ That’s Pep “Tití recounted on Robbie Fowler’s podcast.
What happened at the Olympic in Rome we all know.
Although they could not count on Rafael Márquez (injury), Dani Alves (cards) and Eric Abidal (cards), that Yaya Touré had to play as a central defender, that Carles Puyol had to work as a right back, that Sylvinho was the The starting left-back, and that Thierry Henry and Andrés Iniesta were not 100% physically, they beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s team with authority.
Undefeated data. Pep Guardiola led FC Barcelona to 14 of 19 collective titles between 2008 and 2012. Eternal legacy.
Did you know…? Pep Guardiola was part of 3 of 5 European Cups that FC Barcelona has won: 1 as a player (1992) and 2 as DT (2009 and 2011).
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