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 Realmadrid.com 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: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/apr/27/josep-guardiola-jose-mourinho
Official site translation: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/futbol/temporada10-11/04/26/n110426117111.html
Also note that Pep isn’t throwing a tantrum. His responses are measured, sometimes sarcastic, and definitely intentional. Something to keep in mind…