Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries

Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from the book ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga’ – El Clasico diaries by Sid Lowe. While the book covers the entire history of Barcelona vs Real Madrid rivalry, I have only chosen the post-2000s … Continue reading Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries

Football: Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ football drowning out ‘tactical orchestras’!

Over five years ago, in a pre-match press meet, the then Borrusia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp first time christened his brand of football. “I think he (Arsene Wenger) likes having the ball, playing good football. It is like an orchestra. … Continue reading Football: Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ football drowning out ‘tactical orchestras’!

Pep Talk 18: Five EPL Records Guardiola’s ManCity must chase for making it ‘Untouchables’ Season 2017-18

Manchester City have achieved their first ever utterly convincing and dominating Premier League season, under Pep Guardiola. They have won the joint fastest EPL title  – record set by Manchester United in 2000-2001 – and this time it didn’t involve … Continue reading Pep Talk 18: Five EPL Records Guardiola’s ManCity must chase for making it ‘Untouchables’ Season 2017-18

Pep Talk 16: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Final Part

Final part of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague and also a few additional notes. * After beating Paris Saint-Germain at Rotterdam, Barcelona lifted the Cup Winners Cup trophy … Continue reading Pep Talk 16: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Final Part

Pep Talk 15: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 3′

Part three of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague. In this blog, I focus on the working relationships that Pep made at Barcelona – The good, bad and the … Continue reading Pep Talk 15: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 3′

Pep Talk 14: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 2′

Part two of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague. * When Pep became the manager of FC Barcelona, his first contract was worth one million euros – fourth lowest … Continue reading Pep Talk 14: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 2′

Pep Talk 13: The ‘Gladiator’ video Pep Guardiola used to motivate FC Barcelona before the Champions League 2009 Final

After the Barcelona players returned from the warm-up, they were surprised to find a Pep Guardiola assistant refusing them entry into the Stadio Olimpico dressing room. Xavi got a tad irritated. After all, a Champions League final was less than … Continue reading Pep Talk 13: The ‘Gladiator’ video Pep Guardiola used to motivate FC Barcelona before the Champions League 2009 Final

Pep Talk 12: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Part 1

Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – by Guillem Balague * Back in 2001, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Pep Guardiola but the latter refused, saying he wanted to retire at Barcelona. As … Continue reading Pep Talk 12: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Part 1