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Pep Guardiola – Lionel Messi: The intense harangue of the DT in Manchester City with the Argentine crack as the protagonist: “He goes to the area like a machine”

Pep Guardiola He was always characterized by adopting a very passionate and fervent style to guide his players, trying to transmit the same energy with which he himself feels the game. That profile was established in the various documentaries that have shown the intimacy of his teams, both during his time in Barcelona as his last years in Manchester Cityparticularly in the production of Amazon, All or Nothing.

As a result of the success of that series, which chronicled the path of the Citizens towards break the record for points in the Premier League in the 2017/18 season, the club commissioned two more productions, but this time made by themselves. And in a preview of the most recent, Guardiola decided to use as an example none other than Lionel Messi to motivate their leaders.

The harangue was given at halftime of a match in the group stage last Champions Leaguebetween the Sky Blues y Club Brugge, from Belgium. In that game, the team was having trouble finishing the chances it created, and Guardiola was vehement in calling on the Flea: “Why was Messi the best player I’ve ever seen? Because he’s a hell of a competitor, an animal. And now we pass the ball and look around. When they pass the ball, attack here”, he instructed them.

As the volume of his voice increased, Pep continued: “They have to score the goals, guys. Messi passes the ball and goes into the area like a machine, he has a nose for goal! So they have to focus and get to define”, bramó.

Lionel Messi shone during Pep Guardiola’s stay in Barcelona, ​​between 2008 and 2012, winning the Ballon d’Or in the four years in which he directed itREUTERS/Albert Gea – File

The images belong to Together: Champions Again!the series that Manchester City premiered on its official channels on July 27, which covers the entire 2021/22 season of the club, in which it lost against Real Madrid in the semifinals of that Champions Leaguebut stayed with the Premier League after a bitter fight with Liverpool. That production functions as the sequel to Togethera feature film that included the last 45 days of the 2020/21 academic year, where the Mancunian team reached the final of the highest European competition, but also fell against Chelsea.

Guardiola, for his part, had Messi in his ranks for his very successful stage in Barcelona between 2008 and 2012in which he got three La Liga titles in a row, two Champions Leagues and the same number of Club World Cups, in addition to winning all the tournaments he played in 2009 for the first time in history. Later he faced him in the Champions League, both in his cycle at Bayern Munich and Manchester City, with two wins for each, although with the exception that in 2015 Leo and his Barcelona eliminated the German team on the way to being crowned champion of Europe.

Messi and Guardiola have met four times since their paths diverged, with Barcelona qualifying for the final in 2015 as the most notable crossover.
Messi and Guardiola have met four times since their paths diverged, with Barcelona qualifying for the final in 2015 as the most notable crossover.AFP
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