Found November 20, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Frank Rijkaard
At the end of the 2007-08 season, then Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced that Barcelona B team coach and former blaugrana player Josep Guardiola would take over as the first team coach replacing Frank Rijkaard. After a season in which Barcelona ended third in La Liga, finishing 18 points behind winners Real Madrid, the team needed to be shaken up to start a new era, and president Laporta thought Guardiola was the person to lead that change. Guardiola’s first talk to the players occurred in the preseason tour held by the team in St. Andrews, Scotland. Although a little nervous, Pep knew this speech was very important to generate trust in the players so they would believe in his project and, at the same time, he wanted to let them know about his high expectations for commitment, determination and love for the club. Journalist Guillem Balagué who is Guardiola’s biographer, has published in British daily The Telegraph a fragment of his book Guardiola: Another way of Winnin...
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