Spain job not a possibility for Guardiola "I doubt they'll ask me"
Manchester City's manager chatted football and politics with TV3 programme 'FAQS': "It'll be impossible for me to coach Barcelona again. That stage of my life is over".
Pep Guardiola gave a candid interview to TV3's FAQS programme in which he opened up about his way of understanding football, FC Barcelona, the Spnaish national team and the political situation in Catalunya.
FC Barcelona: "They are still by far the best team in the world. It doesn't matter to me that they didn't win the Champions League. It's very difficult to only lose one game in the league. I've been away from Barcelona for six years now and the way the team plays never ceases to amaze me. They are still winning all the time and doing so playing well".
Messi is a one-off - Guardiola
Messi: "He's unique. We'll never see a player like him ever again. I'm not saying that just for what he does out on the pitch but also because he never comes out with excuses when the team loses. Nor does he point the finger at his agent when things he doesn't like happen".
Coaching Spain at some point in the future: "I'll never be coach of the national team because I'll never be offered the job".
Playing for Spain: "I don't regret having played for the national team. My team is Barça and I've coached Bayern Munich and now, Manchester City. I will always put my work and professionalism before anything else".
You can never revisit the past
Returning to FC Barcelona: "As a coach, that would be impossible. That was a stage of my life which is now over".
Why did you leave Barcelona?: "I no longer had the strength, I has grown tired of the routine. And I can see where Barcelona are now and I realize that maybe it wasn't such a bad decision".
Manchester City: "I'm delighted to be at City. With Txiki and Soriano, things couldn't be much better than they are. They don't judge me in terms of whether we win or lose".
Touré Yaya: "He knows perfectly well that I am not a racist. He spent two years with me and he's never mentioned anything to me about it. It's not even worth talking about".
Rafa Nadal talking about politics: "Why can't a sports star talk about politics? Like anyone else, we also have our own opinions. I think it's great that Nadal has called for elections. And that Piqué and Xavi called for a referendum back in the day".
Whistling the national anthem in the Copa del Rey final: "I am against whistling the Spanish national anthem. I wouldn't do it. I am more a believer in ideas than those kinds of gestures. Bartomeu did the right thing by being in the presidents' box. Barcelona's president has to be present".
Yellow ribbon: "It's not something aimed against anyone. I'm just asking for freedom for the people. People who they want to hand 30-year prison sentences for getting into a car. That's what hurts me more than anything: seeing people in prison or exiled. We won't be able to return to normality until this is sorted out".