Well yesterday kicked my ass, how about you? When I heard the news I was simultaneously gutted, grateful & relieved. Pep has been the best coach (and man) we could possibly have asked for. I have no words to express my gratitude for what he has done for this club. Silverware is the least of it. Pep has crafted a team that has combined fantastic football with human values and a clear philosophy (there’s that word!) and identity. There will never be another one like him. Fortunately, we have an excellent successor in Tito Vilanova, who has been with Pep every step of the way and shares his vision and football principles. I look forward to continuing this journey with Tito at the helm.
If you, like me, spent yesterday evening drinking, eating comfort food and feeling weepy, you might want to check out a few of these videos about Pep. If you can stay dry-eyed I will make you a manita on the house.
This one is an oldie but a goodie:
Pep Guardiola — The Director:
Adeu Pep. Stills. If this doesn’t make you cry, I don’t want to know you.
One of the best Pep interviews I have ever seen. Translation can be found here courtesy of the ladies of @FCB_LJlive
And lest we forget, Pep has other interests besides football:
TV3 also has a lovely musical tribute that you can find here.
EDIT: I was looking up the song in the TV3 video and found out that the song “La simfonia perfecta” by Toni Beiro was actually written as a tribute to Pep Guardiola and his Barça team. Enjoy!
Thanks for everything, Pep.