Guardiola: “The transition of managers is being impeccable”
In the press conference before FC Barcelona vs Malaga, Barça’s Manager, Pep Guardiola, praised the way the Catalan club is handling the transition of managers. He also said that Tito Vilanova is “very enthusiastic about the upcoming challenge”. The current manager explained that Barça’s last three Spanish League matches will serve as preparation for the Spanish Cup final against Athletic Club from Bilbao.
Barcelona (FCB).- Pep Guardiola reminded the press room that he has eight more press conferences, not counting the one before the FC Barcelona vs Malaga, as Barça\u2019s head manager. FC Barcelona\u2019s boss used last Tuesday\u2019s press conference to talk about the match against Málaga, how the team will prepare for the remaining matches of the season, and obviously, his departure. FC Barcelona \u201Chas handled the transition impeccably. Tito is very enthusiastic about the upcoming challenge,\u201D said the current Barça manager.
After last week\u2019s announcement that Tito Vilanova will take over the Barça helm next season, Guardiola said: \u201Cmy relationship with him hasn\u2019t changed at all. We\u2019re following our usual process and I\u2019m by his side. I want Tito to know that I\u2019ll be close to him.\u201D At the same time, the manager said he\u2019s worn down because of \u201Cthe day to day [work] with the team, winning so many titles.\u201D On his farewell at the Camp Nou \u2013Barça\u2019s next two games will be at home\u2013 Guardiola said: \u201CI\u2019ve always believed that things should be done naturally, that\u2019s how we\u2019ll do it.\u201D
Mentally preparing for the Spanish Cup final
On the other hand, with the Spanish League out of reach, Guardiola recognised that Barça\u2019s three remaining matches in the domestic competition will serve to prepare the team for the Spanish Cup final, to be played against Athletic Club from Bilbao. \u201CEach game and each training session is done in preparation for the Cup final. Everything is focused on that. Against Rayo the players proved that they\u2019re eager,\u201D he said. Guardiola went on to say that \u201CI\u2019m mentally prepared for the Cup final. It\u2019s this month\u2019s objective.\u201D
Guardiola added, \u201Cwe cannot play poorly in our next three matches and then go on to the final.\u201D The manager also said that \u201CPinto will play\u201D in the last three La Liga games and that he doesn\u2019t want his players to obsess about Leo Messi\u2019s fight for the Pichichi award. \u201CWe just have to play well and attack as best we can. We\u2019re playing against good opponents, football will do the rest.\u201D When asked if he would give Messi the Ballon d\u2019Or again, the manager said \u201Che\u2019s done a brutal job this year\u201D and, therefore, the Argentine\u2019s merits \u201Care evident.\u201D
Pep Guardiola indicated that he does not know what the future holds for him after June 30. \u201CI\u2019m going to go home and I have no idea what my goal will be for the future. I don\u2019t know,\u201D he admitted. He also said that he doesn\u2019t know if he\u2019ll manage FC Barcelona again.