Pep’s Presser: Unleash The Guardiola

Go, Pep, it’s not your birthday but who cares~!

So if you’re like me and you haven’t/hadn’t seen Pep’s presser, here it is in all its 25-min. glory courtesy of fcbarcelona via jordi(tm) in the comments:

Some translations of his answers. I’m not going to do it word for word, but I’ll try to give you an idea of what he’s saying. On a scale of 1-5 (five being the highest), I’d say my knowledge of Spanish is about a 2. Throw some Catalan in and hoo boy. Feel free to, actually please, correct me if there is something wrong. I’m currently sleep-deprived at time of typing.

First question (0:00-3:05) is from a reporter named David Bernabeu from television station Cuatro:

He asks Pep to respond to Mourinho’s comments from his press conference earlier in the day. Barral says Mourinho says Pep was critical of the referees during the Copa final, and cites Pedro’s disallowed goal [due to offside] amongst other things as some of the things that annoyed Pep.

Pep Guardiola: “First of all, good evening everyone.

“Since [Mourinho] has chosen to to talk about me personally [Mourinho directly said “Pep” in his press conference, instead of insinuating he was talking about him], I’ll do the same. Tomorrow at 20.45 (2:45pmEST) we’ll face each other on the pitch. Off the pitch, he’s won all his games [in the media], like he has all season, like he will continue to in the future, and for that I give him a personal Champions [trophy]. He can take it home and enjoy it.

“I also have a list of complaints [here Pep is referencing the list of referee mistakes Mourinho brought to a press conference after a game against Sevilla] but there is no end to it, and I don’t have a secretary or an assistant that will write it down for me, so we’re just going to go out at 20.45 intending to play the best football we can.

“Here [1:55, Pep is talking about the press room] [Mourinho] is the freakin’ boss, the best. He knows more than anyone. I’m not trying to compete with him, nor do I want to play at making insinuations about him. I know him and he knows me. I’ll just remind you all that we’ve been together for four years [Mourinho was assistant coach/translator at Barca during Sir Bobby Robson’s reign]. If you want, you can keep reading what the friends of Florentino Perez, or any one else, say [referring to Marca and AS].

“I’m not going to justify my comments. I simply congratulated Madrid for their deserved Copa victory against the team I represent and am very proud of. I haven’t justified it with the refeeree — I’ve never done that.

Second question is from a reporter from Punto Radio (3:15 in video): He asks about Iniesta, vaguely, “I want to know about a player that was in and out of train–”

Pep: [interrupts] “Iniesta is injured.”

Reporter: “He’s not okay? [Like, he’s actually injured?]”

Pep: “He won’t play tomorrow. It’s not “he’s only 85% injured” or anything like that — he’s [definitely, 100%] out . He won’t be there tomorrow.”

Next question is from Lu Martin (3:54): he is asking Pep about Sergio Ramos’ comments [Ramos told that he “wants the game [on tomorrow] to be sportsmanlike. I’d like people to avoid exaggerating injuries or fouls (i.e. diving), and for the referee to be impartial”]

Pep: “I saw them. Mr. Jose has been doing that for six years now [telling the players what to say in the media]. He’s told his players at Chelsea, and now he’s telling his players at Real Madrid. It’s something the club told [Ramos] to say.

Next question is from a guy called Garcia and he ask Pep about how he feels about his comments being misinterpreted in the press.

Pep: “I’ve always believed that when [my] comments are misinterpreted [in the media] it’s because I didn’t explain myself properly. All I was saying is that small details, like two centimeters, changed the game. [Again referencing Pedro!’s disallowed goal in Copa final, where Pep said a decision from the linesman changed the game]

Skipping down to 9:24, a reporter asks about the extent of Iniesta’s injury and if there will be a change in tactics from Barca now that he is injured.

Pep: “We hope to have him back for the second leg. It may change the way we go into the game – we’ll have to see. I can tell you we’ll have 11 players, okay? We might end up with 10, but I’ll find us 11 to start the match with.”

Question at 13:47: With so many injuries, will there be a style change from Barcelona?

Pep: “If you go to the Bernabeu to defend and hope to return to the Camp Nou with a good result, you’ll get destroyed. We may change the form of how we do it, but we have to go to Madrid and attack.”

At 16:05, a reporter asks Pep if he’s seen a more aggressive Madrid than the Madrid from the last three games.

Pep: “No [I haven’t]. But that’s Real Madrid’s choice. The referee will keep it in check. Sometimes he’ll call the foul, sometimes he won’t. [Madrid] can play however they like.

(Soy tired, so I’m gonna stop for now)

Sid Lowe has provided his (better) translations of excerpts from Pep’s press conference (below) as well as the official website (also below). Between the above and the translations, you should have a good idea of just how much Pep owned:

Guardian Preview with Sid Lowe:

Official site translation:

Also note that Pep isn’t throwing a tantrum. His responses are measured, sometimes sarcastic, and definitely intentional. Something to keep in mind…

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  1. April 26, 2011

    So yeah, apologies if there are horrendous mistakes. All Spanish speakers forgive me if I butchered your language. I only took formal Spanish lessons once. #goingtobed

    • blitzen
      April 27, 2011

      Thank you so much for posting this, Kari!

    • April 27, 2011

      No problemo, blitz.

  2. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 26, 2011

    my last comment got hectored… allow me to move it here…
    from Guardian :

    “I can give you an immense list of things [that we could complain about]: 300,000 things. We could remember Stamford Bridge and another thousand things but I do not have that many people working for me. Secretaries and referees and people writing stuff. So tomorrow, 8.45pm, we will take to the field and we will try to play football as best as possible.

    “In this room [Real Madrid’s press room], he is the chief, the f*****g man. In here he is the f*****g man and I can’t compete with him. If Barcelona want someone who competes with that, then they should look for another manager. But we, as a person and an institution, don’t do that. I could talk about [Olegario] Bequerença [the referee from last season’s Barcelona-Inter semi-final first leg], about the offside goal from Diego Milito or the penalty of [Dani] Alves, but I don’t. Well, until tonight!!


    Asked if this was just a tactic, Guardiola replied: “What? You think my players will run around more because I looked for Mourinho’s camera? It’s a semi-final!”

    he’s mad… just really mad… or… I don’t know…
    but this is the first time I see Pep talk like that as a coach…

  3. Ahmad
    April 26, 2011

    We must approach this game with hatred and fiery in the blaugrana hearts that lust for revenge. We’ve been humiliated, discredited and shambled to pieces by these thugs and their dictator. Mourinho is a coach, but he’s crossed the line this time.

    Tomorrow, I want Real madrid to realize what they have gotten themselves into.
    I want to see a Messi who chases the ball back like a demon from hell after he’s lost it.
    That’s when we’ll know we mean business.

  4. yelèna
    April 26, 2011

    awesome job kari. Thanks!
    again,i still think Pep’s always got class.
    i can’t imagine if it were me. the things he said and how he said it are still very much well-thought of (too kind for Mou actually). it wasn’t a careless bombastic rant. and it might not be his best display of civility, but a response im okay with nonetheless.

  5. Barcaleya
    April 26, 2011

    Same here – my comment got hectored. Am copying:

    I support Pep for saying everything he said. Mou has been spouting all forms of distorted facts and innuendos with impunity. It’s about time he gets called out. And after hearing what Pep had to say – I feel so much more for our team (if that’s possible) who’s worked so hard to be at the skill level they are, to play in the manner they play and to play with so much spirit, giving us immeasurable joy week after week.

    Pep’s words were a call to arms. [ I am ready to fight. And to defend our style of play.] Our team will play in the manner they know how and not give in or stoop low to Mou’s disingenuous and base tactics. For this we should be proud no matter the outcome.

    We shall prevail. We are Barcelona. Visca Barca!!!!!

    • yelèna
      April 26, 2011

      hey barcaLeya, glad to see ya!
      thank God im still alive. the nights after the clasico were a bit scary. i felt like i’ll have a heart attack anytime, but im better now. doc’s given me anti-EE stress pills, ha! this heart is beatin blaugrana and twill continue to do so for as long as it could endure.

      and i totally agree about feelin more for this team when things like this happen. They’ve worked so hard playin this way and bein faithful to this style. I really hope we’ll win tonight, because i know we can.
      If not, i’ll just live another day breathin blaugrana.
      Visca Barca!

  6. April 26, 2011

    This press conference was a lot harder than the “ens hi dexeim la pell” shirts Barça made everybody buy last year. 😛

  7. Dani_el
    April 26, 2011

    Thank you Kari! Nice job! Spanish is a tricky language, more with the spanish accent…
    Pep usually is pretty sarcastic in the press conferences, I think he has a temper, and that he controls it for the good of the club, this time, I don’t mind hear him like this, Mou and his unpolite (to say the least) ways provokes that! I completely trust Pep, and as he says, win or lose we will be proud of ourselfs, keeping in mind our values, our style…

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Pep has a catalan accent, not that spanish 😉

    • blitzen
      April 27, 2011

      Oddly, I find Pep’s Catalan-accented Spanish easier to understand than many others. He usually speaks fairly slowly and clearly. I can hardly make out a word when Luis Enrique is doing a presser, he rabbits on at a hundred miles per hour!

  8. PM
    April 26, 2011

    I have just read what mourinho has said about pep. If I were anywhere near that douchebag I swear I would punch that scum to death. At least I would make sure that his shitty mouth can’t utter a single word ever. They might have won the copa but deep down they know that if barca can bring their original game back they will be shredded like cheap toilet papers. All these accusation dirty talk from ramos mourinho shows their inferiority complex. I wish Barca could tell them to shut the **** up through a lesson of real football over the 2 legs!

  9. mega_tajh
    April 27, 2011

    I feel so bad for Iniesta from Uefa trying to ban him from this game to now being out injured. I hope he comes out flying in the home leg.

  10. culeluvr
    April 27, 2011

    Sometimes I wish Pep would truly unleash his fury but he needs to ignore Mou’s worthless poison and let his players do the talking for him.
    Although EE is the enemy, it is sad when a once respected club like Madrid has let someone like Mourinho infiltrate their institution. Their so called “Madridismo” means absolutely nothing now that they drink the kool-aid he’s serving up. I suppose the phrase desperate times call for desperate measures and so Madrid became desperate enough to hire the king of anti-football and let him run rampant while poisoning everyone’s mind. He may have won one trophy after a long drought but here’s to hoping Barcelona fights back and does not allow them the chance to win another trophy. I want to see la Plaza de Cibeles full of sad Madridistas mourning a loss and feeling the blow that the greatest football team in history inflicted upon them. I want to see the face of defeat on each and every single player of EE. I want to see thong boy cry worse than when Portugal was eliminated from the WC. And finally I want to be able to run out into the street and shout ¡Boti boti boti, madridista qui no boti!

  11. K_legit
    April 27, 2011

    Sigh…for all that I love about this presser,I wish Pep didn’t get into a war of words with Mou..that never ends well

    • Puppet
      April 27, 2011

      I know what you mean. Part of me feels like this played into JM’s hands. Yet, its not like Pep totally came undone, he was just a little edgier and forthright than usual. If anything, it showed that even when trying his absolute best to be centered and respectful, Pep is human and will react when something so blatantly hypocritical and hurtful is thrown his way. This press conference made me more proud than I thought possible about having such a coach lead our team. I’m sure his words today will go to the hearts of all our players; whatever happens tomorrow, we’ll have our pride, and that in itself may be a difference-maker.

  12. jaymin
    April 27, 2011

    I posted this in a redundant thread, but somebody commented on how Guardiola has responded more effectively to mourinho than any opposition manager in any of the leagues he has charmed in recent years, and I absolutely concur. This is the blueprint for how one person should respond when another is insinuating bullshit as if he were a jealous, spiteful sister in law, which is what Guardiola did. mourinho’s conduct is utterly cynical, and Guardiola called him on it, and called him out as well. I have not been a fan of fcb for the past several months, but mourinho’s is such an unsupportable personality type that I hope you guys give him as good as you’ve got from him.

  13. can_we_go_Xalvies
    April 27, 2011

    But what Mourinho said was wrong, He named Pep in his talks and arguments. Why does Mourinho get the upper hand for that? he should be scalded not praised.

    Pep maybe made a few heated comments, so what! Mourinho gets away with causing trouble. Genius my ass.

    just like what Pep said, all we want to do is talk on the pitch, and if Mourinho loses, oh boy will he look bad.

  14. 145culegirl
    April 27, 2011

    Pep’s conference was just epic.I dont know whether to react positively or the other way round but it’s just epic.We’ve never seen Pep so emotional as a coach and was so polite.But…My hands are literally shaking now and I cant type anything.
    I think today there’s more than a football game between the greatest of greatest rivals.It’s seriously going to be a war of words now that Pep had come out of his comfort shell.I’m just wondering how Morinho will react. 🙂

  15. 145culegirl
    April 27, 2011

    oops,a typo in the second line.Pep was so polite in his entire press conferences as a coach but this is press conference is quite unexpected and a bit weird and awkwars as afterall we’ve all seen him as a calm figure.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 27, 2011

      Mourinho had pricked Guardiola’s pride once too often by accusing him of complaining about referees who get decisions right. It was an accusation that Guardiola, normally so measured, was not prepared to let pass – the last straw after a year that has been a war of attrition. Guardiola was finally drawn into battle.

      “He called me Pep, so I answered,” Guardiola said at the end of a breathtaking 45 minutes. “Normally, he talks in general terms about a team, a club or a manager, but this time he named me. If he says: ‘Pep,’ I say: ‘Hey, José.'”

      Mou attacked him personally, that’s why he responded…and he has the right to do so…

      Mou accused Pep as a coach who complained about the ref who get decisions right… (Pep is the last person who will complain about the referees, no matter how bad the decisions…)

      that guy is a lunatic, if other coaches being attacked like Pep, they’ll certainly fight Mou back with a personal insult…

  16. y2k156
    April 27, 2011

    I for one, am loving this. Pep has been measured throughout the campaign and if Mou wants to call names, Pep has been ready as well. I think that the press really fawn after Mourinho.

    A football match is 90 minutes and it is decided rarely by emotions. It usually is decided by Skill and luck. We might win or we might lose, but Jose is no magic man. His record against us still is not that great.

    I so want to win tonight though.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 27, 2011

      true, but the attitude/emotions is important too…

      when you combine fighting spirit + hard work + skill + luck, you can get your A+ game… 😉

  17. ak
    April 27, 2011

    It will be interesting to see M’s response to this.
    I don’t know or care how the press and madristas twist this, for me, Pep has come out on top in this round.
    Also, by having the last word, the pressure is now on M to deliver. If madrid win, he’ll have no problems, but if they lose, he’ll be under a lot of pressure in the next press conference. If he’s smart he won’t say anything about the referee.

  18. poipoi
    April 27, 2011

    Epic. Best thing to me he called him by his real name “xose” and not make it spanish, deforming it to “josé” like they do in madrid, they always do. “xose which one is your camera?” Lmfao so effing epic!

    • jaymin
      April 27, 2011

      Keen observation, but somehow a catalan not “espanol-izing” the christian name of a Portuguese is epic? I think he’s always refrained from referencing mourinho publicly by his christian name, and was in fact annoyed that nourinho, the cur, did not return the favor. Guardiola’s probably always used the correct portuguese pronunciation. respect.

    • K_legit
      April 27, 2011

      wasn’t Pep answering all questions in Spanish?

    • Jnice
      April 27, 2011

      Most of ’em. He answered a couple in Catalan and a couple in English.

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Names are names they never change. Pep (josep) guardiola and xose mourinho… none of them is called jose even the translation to spanish would be jose. Same as puyol is carles never carlos no matter if you speak spanish. People in madrid always “castellaniza” – castellanize, or makes it sound spanish… classless 🙂

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Silly worthless comment:
      In his hometown puyi is called “carles” with the “E” sounding as “Empty” … in Barcelona people have a diff accent so they call him “carlas” with the “A” sounding as in “Avatar” …. he is carles not carlas!!! I think so, 1st names don’t change…. only adebayor’s to fit in EE 😉

    • Ryan
      April 27, 2011

      Yeah, I was wondering why it was pronounced that way, since I have several friends with the “Carlas” pronunciation. I hadn’t thought about how Carles’ hometown might pronounce it differently.

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      Would Josep (as in Guardiola) be pronounced ho-sep or jo-sep?

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Shoo-sep I guess 🙂 bcn accent
      Cho-sep where I’m from

  19. poipoi
    April 27, 2011

    Have you heard pep’s take on the “central lechera”? … the milk company, meaning reporters that write what florentino wants and tells them to write.
    Here’s a link to the blog of the guy who sorta invented the term, carles torras. Hope it don’t get stuck in moderation.


    • Eklavya
      April 27, 2011


  20. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    You know the *quiz* barcastuff does everyday? He asks a question and the top 5 answerers get points. It’s an impossible task since he has so many followers BUT I came SECOND! Mwahahaha!

    Yes, I have brag about it here :3

    • Jnice
      April 27, 2011


    • Eklavya
      April 27, 2011

      What are you talking about. People like Josep don’t even have a single point!

    • Jnice
      April 27, 2011


    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 27, 2011

      LOL, Ek!

      you MUST bring it here, don’t you? 😀

    • OSBAG
      April 27, 2011

      I noticed that on the ronaldinho question. I tried also but picked gremio. Am @osbag on tweetland

  21. Goo
    April 27, 2011

    From barcastuff: The whole squad and staff gave Guardiola a standing ovation when he returned at the hotel after his press conference yesterday.

    I love Pep. I’m excited to see how his boys respond on the pitch after that epic presser.

  22. Ian
    April 27, 2011

    We have so many reasons to be eager for a win. Sure we lose Iniesta, but Captain Puyi is back, and when he’s back, everybody becomes twice as good as they are. And Messi’s last goal scored was greatly satisfying and convincing. Also, we have Victor back in post. Pep’s all fired up, we’re all ready and set. And of course, the number one reason why I await a win is because I’m a Culé!!

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Press say ghostface may play, I dunno 🙁

    • Ian
      April 27, 2011

      Pep said he wouldn’t/couldn’t, IIRC D:

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      He did, but we’re in a dirtier war now. My take… pep should start tomorrow and rule! 😛

  23. poipoi
    April 27, 2011

    Einstein rolls in his grave…. mou quoted him! Alberto??! Lmfao

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Pep quoted catalan mythical singer/songwriter Lluis Llach instead. Toooooooma!
      Here’s a link to the song, maybe it don’t work I access from my HTC. Song is called “pais petit” I think, I’m not a big fan of llach but … w-o-w.


  24. messi_fan
    April 27, 2011

    I’m not sure how I feel about Pep’s press conference but I certainly am tired of Mourinho’s nonsense. Really nervous about the match today. So much is against us. But if we win I’ll be over the moon!

    I read a lineup where someone suggested putting Messi in the midfield. What do you guys think about that? On one hand it takes Messi further away from the goal, where he is most dangerous. But on the other hand it should give us midfield dominance right? I mean, the only person on the team with the combination of dribbling and passing skills that Iniesta has is Messi.

    And if not Messi then who? Thiago? Afellay? Keita? I like Keita and all but everytime he plays Madrid they expose his weaknesses. I still get nightmares about how Ozil dribbled circles around him.

  25. Barselonista88
    April 27, 2011

    hi everyone 🙂

    well, IMO Pep was just sick and tired of Mourinho and couldn’t hold it any more. I hope he gets his players into this kind of fighting spirit so that we kick some serious Madrid ass 2nite. anyways, I’m nervous as hell. and think I’m gonna get fired cuz I ain’t got nothing done today arrrgghh

  26. Pyro
    April 27, 2011


    Today we will show Madrid what it’s like to play football.

  27. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 27, 2011

    barcastuff :

    Madrid didn’t concede a goal in this season’s 5 CL home games: Ajax 2-0 Milan 2-0 Auxerre 4-0 Lyon 3-0 Tottenham 4-0 #fcblive [via marca]

    hell yeah…

  28. Jose
    April 27, 2011

    Whether Guardiola’s response will ultimately be seen as evidence of mental disintegration or a stroke of genius to inspire his players, who drew 1-1 in the league match between the two clubs recently before losing the cup final, Barcelona have stood shoulder to shoulder with their coach.

    Could someone explain to me how, in the span of two years, ESPN Soccernet went from a decent, mild source for football news, to tribalfootball with marginally better fact checking?

  29. 145culegirl
    April 27, 2011

    I’m afraid as Pep’s conference has got many haters than admirers.Many have been saying that Pep has lost his control and Mourinho won this game and got Pep under his control.All they dont know is that this was the job Mourinho was doing all these years.
    @BarcaGirl_Indo,I read Mourinho’s conference and he named Pep directly and as Pep said,even he can name Mourinho in the press room.i’ve read a line in a article that Mourinho is a master tactician and CAN WIN ANY TEAM WITH ANY TACTIC.I rolled on the floor with laughter.If he’s so much of a genious then why cant he beat Barca by playing with an Attacking mindset?.I would accept Mourinho’s superiority if he beats Barca by playing attacking football.
    You have good nicknames for Madrid/EE and Ronaldo/Thong Boy.Could you please give a similar nickname to Mourinho other than Moaninho or Moronho?.That would be great.

    • y2k156
      April 27, 2011

      That because there are certain people, especially english fans, who love Mou. Nothing surprising in that. Also press likes Mou as he gives them more juicy bites. For us Barca fans, we should just beat our own drum. That’s the best option.

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      Yes, I imagine that there are plenty of football fans in this world who a) don’t speak Castellano and thus b) haven’t watched the full press conference who still feel confident commenting on Pep’s remarks. I am well aware of the many who will greedily devour whatever feces the English-language journos feed them.

      Not to offend any of our great fans here who don’t speak Castellano, but still know Pep well enough to know exactly what kind of person he is. Which is all of you here. <3

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      Also, there’s a reason I’ve blocked sites like theoffside and Soccernet comments (the two sites I’ve gone to the most for non-Barca commentary). I did this like a month ago, because I finally decided I didn’t need that kind of garbage (from cules, but mostly from other fans) in my life, and getting worked up over some random fool’s internet comments was a waste of my time.

      I still go to plenty of sites to keep up with the goings on, but this is the only site (apart from some CONCACAF sites) that I ever comment on.

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      /pent-up-for-a-month rant

  30. Jose
    April 27, 2011

    I think some have misinterpreted Pep’s tone. This is not Pep “snapping” or “finally being fed up”. It was just that it was the first time Mourinho attacked him personally without hiding behind the vagueness of his accusations (like he often does). Up to this point, Pep felt there was a level of professionality to Mou’s rants, but the personal attack breached what he felt was a cordial relationship they had held from those times they shared at Barcelona.

    Pep is not “finally falling down to Mourinho’s level”. Quite the contrary, he is explicitly refusing to do so. He says he will not get caught up in the petty insults and diatribes that SAF and Wenger got caught in during Mou’s Chelsea years. And he leaves it at that. I don’t expect Pep to ever comment again in length regarding this matter.

    • blitzen
      April 27, 2011

      Completely agree, Jose. My Spanish is choppy at best and my Catalan is worse, but I watched the entire press conference, and what I saw was the perfectly controlled performance of a man who had decided to just cut through the Gordian Knot and call Mou out on his bullshit. What he basically sais was, “Look. I know, Jose knows, and you (the press) know that he is a master of manipulation. These are the tactics he uses, they clearly work with you, but I myself do not work that way. This time he has accused me of something directly so I will respond although I prefer not to. I won’t defend myself to you—you can look at my history and decide for yourselves like adults what is the truth. If you choose to be spoonfed propaganda from Mourinho and Perez, then I can’t argue with that, but let’s not pretend that isn’t what is happening.”

      Pep was inviting the press to come up to his level rather than dragging him down to theirs. After this, his team will be desperate to win for him.

  31. Diego
    April 27, 2011

    This got me so pumped up about today’s game.

    There’s definitely gonna be a fight between the players today.

  32. Blow-Grenade
    April 27, 2011

    Firstly, hats off to Mourinho. The dude is a genius. I thought he was a doof, up until the second leg of the classico in the Bernabeau. Dude had thought ahead, and had a game plan to beat Barca.

    Then there are Mou’s press conferences. The press loves Mou Mou. It is in their best interest to amplify what he says, and his agenda. Hats off to what Mou comes up with in press conferences as well.

    Having said all that, here is where I am surprised, he was matched in the press room, by our very own Pep. Pep has taken the game where it is not natural to him, so he can match his protagonist, and in this case, Mourinho, by being humble at a press conference.

    Gotta love the man. All hail Pep Guardiolus. I sense a very positive vibe, and a great sense of hope out of Pep’s press conference. If I was one of the players, either on the bench, or on the field as part of Pep’s team, I would be very motivated after what Pep said at the press conference. And I find great comfort that our players will give there all on the pitch.

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      I can’t dislike more what mou does in press confences…. like yesterday, accusing pep of doing something he never did even making fun of him. They shared 4 years in a dressing room, and I believe what happened is that mou now disappointed pep, as a person or colleague. He went to far. Ugly even for a person like him. **** mou, I don’t complain about his destructive tactics but his destructive ethics. Pepe as dm is ok since messi is 10 and xaviniesta behind as interiores; in fact it is more than ok…. 2nd game xabi dm, khedira pepe high pressure no cf ozil in very smart specially when one knows it went well for him 😉
      I did not like the harassment of referees in and out of the pitch, press conferences included either it was outrageous. But now it has gone beyond that. To accuse pep, mocking him in front of the press, of something he did not do is too much. Besides he tells his players to accuse pep also. Pep put mou in his place…. which is your camera? Haha. NOW WE GOTTA WINNNNN! 6 HOURS! AAAAARGH

  33. K_legit
    April 27, 2011

    Don’t know ’bout you guys but my ‘special’ nickname for Mou-Mou post the Manita was The Special One,Two,Three,Four,Five..

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      Mou cinco estrellas … like in mahou cinco estrellas, the spanish beer

  34. April 27, 2011

    Pep just waited the whole season the right moment to use this card to his own best, great timing. There are lot of special coaches in world football, but there is the one and only a “Unique one”.

    Here hoping Barcelona can overcome the crisis and get a good result tonight, or else the hype inflammation will reach a level that damage the stratosphere and put the whole planet under a serious threat.

    I am started to get more and more tempted for a “SOLD” kind of risks. Putting Milito/Keita beside Puyol and Pique, using Mascherano as a holding midfielder, and using Busquets beside Xavi. Or else using Thiago/Afellay beside Xavi. Just keep the offense line as it is A.K.A. Messi, Villa, and Pedro

    • April 27, 2011

      We really need an edit option in the comment session…

  35. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 27, 2011


    If he’s so much of a genious then why cant he beat Barca by playing with an Attacking mindset?.I would accept Mourinho’s superiority if he beats Barca by playing attacking football.

    I was just sent a text message to my non-cule friend, that I admit Mou is a great coach, but until I see Mou beat Barcelona with attacking style and gain more ball possession than us, I won’t say he’s doing anything special with tactic…
    (and my friend agreed by the way)

    beat us with ultra defensive-counter attack style? they call that special? Rubin did that, Shaktar did that, Hercules did that…
    so… special, really?

    • poipoi
      April 27, 2011

      La liga is ours. We are the better team everyone agrees. Mou just is anti-barça, he changed the team just thinking about us. Practicing trivotes, pepe dm and all.

      If they do beat us for some games in a row it’s something to me yes, it’s been one draw and one over-time 1-0 win for them. The 5-0 is too far away now, mou made a false step there trying to attack. 😉 If you wanna recall that he can recall inter semifinals. Looks like he has started something we have to stop. Now, so he might change someday 🙂

      What I see is that his teams manage to defend very well vs us without wasting much energy, I’m no analist but they seem so still so solid, everyone holding his place. I was absolutely sure EE could not play a la inter a la chelsea but looks like the nasty one has done it. Bad for us…and for EE also. They need silver so bad they don’t care… but then they throw it under the bus. God I hate them so much, they get more “hatable” every year! 🙁

  36. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 27, 2011


    Yes, I imagine that there are plenty of football fans in this world who a) don’t speak Castellano and thus b) haven’t watched the full press conference who still feel confident commenting on Pep’s remarks.

    yes, indeed…
    you know, some Indonesian journalists are the worst ever…
    they turn normal sentences into controversial headlines…
    they made the players/coaches comments 10x worse than the actual meaning…

    here in Indonesian article, they translate “the f****** boss” into phrase that has the same meaning with a douch*bag boss or an a**hole boss…

    of course, clueless fans starting to say Pep finally show his “dark side”…that all these times, he was just pretending to be a good man… a hypocrite…

    but we know beteer, Pep just said what’s inside his heart…the players heart…our hearts…he defended us from Mou…
    that’s why he got a standing ovation from the squad…

  37. vicsoc
    April 27, 2011

    I have to agree with Ramzi. This “outburst” from Pep is much more likely a calculated move. There is no doubt that the team needed something to re-energize them at this point in the season, and seeing how the entire team and staff applauded him when he got back to the hotel I think he provided that stimulus.

    It really would be a shame to see Pep leave anytime soon. He may be a fantastic coach now, but he also has a lot of room to develop and he seems to be doing well.

  38. Twisted
    April 27, 2011

    alves pique milito puyol
    xavi sergi
    messi villa pedro

    anything else would surprise me,
    knowing pep and the important game and against EE of all ppl

    Milito would not play if Andres A could play but now we
    forced to do that.

    Pique Milito Puyol
    Masch will be the cover and prolly play little deeper then
    we done so far against EE

  39. OSBAG
    April 27, 2011

    Its official!
    Pep is my no 1 hero…
    Loved this paragraph most…

    Asked if this was just a tactic, Guardiola replied: “What? You think my players will run around more because I looked for Mourinho’s camera? It’s a semi-final!” from sid Lowe.

    I have always wondered when someone on our side would step up to the freaking media bully.

    Seems only Preciado has managed it before.

  40. April 27, 2011

    What Pep did was pure ETHER

    just read through the lyrics and compare it with what Pep said…

    “Brace yourself for the main event
    Y’all impatiently waitin
    It’s like an AIDS test, what’s the results?
    Not positive, who’s the best? Pac, Nas and Big
    Ain’t no best, East, West, North, South, flossed out, greedy
    I embrace y’all with napalm
    Blows up, no guts, left chest, face gone
    How could Nas be garbage?
    Semi-autos at your cartilege
    Burner at the side of your dome, come outta my throne
    I got this, locked since ‘9-1
    I am the truest, name a rapper that I ain’t influenced
    Gave y’all chapters but now I keep my eyes on the Judas
    With Hawaiin Sophie fame, kept my name in his music”

    “Y’all just piss on me, shit on me, spit on my grave (uh)
    Talk about me, laugh behind my back but in my face
    Y’all some well wishin (bitches), friendly actin envy hidin snakes
    With your hands out for my money, man, how much can I take?
    When these streets keep callin, heard it when I was sleep
    That this Gay-Z and Cockafella Records wanted beef
    Started cockin up my weapon, slowly loadin up this ammo
    To explode it on a camel, and his soldiers, I can handle
    This for dolo and his manuscript just sound stupid
    When KRS already made an album called “Blueprint” ”

    “What’s sad is I love you ’cause you’re my brother
    You traded your soul for riches
    My child, I’ve watched you grow up to be famous
    And now I smile like a proud dad, watchin his only son that made it
    You seem to be only concerned with dissin women
    Were you abused as a child, scared to smile, they called you ugly?
    Well life is harsh, hug me, don’t reject me
    or make records to disrespect me, blatant or indirectly
    In ’88 you was gettin chased through your buildin
    Callin my crib and I ain’t even give you my numbers
    All I did was gave you a style for you to run with
    Smilin in my face, glad to break bread with the god
    Wearin Jaz chains, no tecs, no cash, no cars
    No jail bars Jigga, no pies, no case
    Just Hawaiian shirts, hangin with little Chase
    You a fan, a phony, a fake, a pussy, a Stan
    I still whip your ass, you thirty-six in a karate class
    You Tae-bo hoe, tryna’ work it out, you tryna’ get brolic?
    Ask me if I’m tryna’ kick knowledge
    Nah, I’m tryna’ kick the shit you need to learn though
    That ether, that shit that make your soul burn slow”

    “You no mustache havin, with whiskers like a rat
    Compared to Beans you wack
    And your man stabbed Un and made you take the blame
    You ass, went from Jaz to hangin with Kane, to Irv, to Big
    And, Eminem murdered you on your own shit
    You a dick-ridin faggot, you love the attention
    Queens niggas run you niggas, ask Russell Simmons”

  41. April 27, 2011

    Remember people, the purpose of this post is so you can see Pep talk. Forget what the English or any other journos translated. See Pep for yourself. He isn’t going postal–that fact this entire press conference was uploaded to YouTube by the official site shows this is a planned performance.

    For Whatever who is going to the Espanyol match, @barcastuff:

    Barcelona will play the 35th league game of the season, at home against Espanyol, on Sunday 8 May on 19:00

  42. robertg
    April 27, 2011

    Today what we have in or hand is not just a match my friends,its a war, Its not a battle,its a war as it has bigger ramifications at hand then just winning or loosing the superiority.Its not a war of attrition. Its a war between the right and wrong,between darkness and light. A matchup bewteen aesthetic flamboyant spirit of guardiola’s men against an already somewhat evil empire who has now almost resigned to abrasive underhand tactics of mourinhio and his roguish excuse of players.
    Its not just a football match it defines the way football culture is going to appear. Whoever wins this tie will leave its imprint in football across the globe for years to come. Its how football is going to appear in near future,just like the last euros and worldcup.The way I see it if you don’t like the way barcelona play then there is somthing within you that is no longer alive, may that be the child like exuberancence or the very vindication for right. For who is right don’t need no excuse for right

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