BARCELONA – Former Barcelona player, Javier Mascherano, rated Josep Guardiola as the best coach in his life. Even Mascherano was willing to be a substitute player for the sake of being handled by Guardiola.
Before defending Barcelona, Mascherano was Liverpool’s mainstay midfielder. However, when he received an offer from Barcelona, Mascherano did not think twice.
(Guardiola coached Mascherano at Barcelona for two years (2010-2012)
Even though he joined Barcelona, Mascherano understood that he had to sit on the bench. Because before Mascherano, Barcelona had excellent defensive midfielders on behalf of Sergio Busquets and Seydou Keita.
“I told (Guardiola) that I would join, learn and with the team compete for many trophies. Pep finally became the best coach I had in my career, “Mascherano was quoted as saying Brand, Thursday (27/5/2021).
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“In our first face-to-face meeting at the Barcelona training ground, Guardiola came to the office where I was sitting and told me: ‘You know you came here to be a substitute?’,” Continued Mascherano.
However, Mascherano was able to adapt. For the sake of being a core player, Mascherano is willing to play as a central defender.
(Javier Mascherano at Barcelona)
As a result, during the 7.5 years (2010-2018) defending Barcelona, Mascherano went down in 334 matches with a collection of one goal and eight assists.
Mascherano also gave many trophies to Barcelona. In total, this Argentine player presented 19 trophies for the Camp Nou public.