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"My time at Barça is coming to an end"

If you had the luck and skills to be managing a club like Barcelona, with players like Piqué and Puyol, Xavi and  Iniesta, David Villa and Leo Messi, you'd have a hard time imagining yourself anywhere else, right? Well, this isn't true for Pep. The manager of Barça has already made up his mind, and the press is going to go on a frenzy.

Pep: I'm happy here, but I think my time at Barcelona is coming to an end. At a club like this, you can't stay too long. Next season will be my fourth year here, and to stay four years at a huge club takes guts. The players soon get tired of you, and you get tired of them, the press gets tired of you and you of the press, all those reporters...seeing always the same faces, answering the same questions over and over... in the end you have to realize when it's time to go. Just like I realized my time here was over back when I was a player here... I just knew I had to go.
Q: You know, this week-end there's the Milan-Inter derby... is it true that you almost ended up being manager of one of those two teams?
Pep: Me? No way. I have too much respect for Barcelona, as long as my contract lasts I will never talk with any other club. I would never do something like that. The day I decide it's over, you know, thanks for everything, for making me strong, for giving me the chance to win so much and so big, etc.... only THEN, if someone wants to contact me, then sure, let's hear what they have to say. But I'm here now, and that's what counts. And besides, if you saw what happened to someone huge like Benitez, he ended up having having a so-so season... and now there's Leonardo... and then there's Allegri, you know, I had the privilege of knowing him personally when he came here with Milan this summer and he made a huge impression on me. Those two clubs are among the Bigs in Europe, they have huge numbers of supporters, and of course, awesome players.
Q: So Massimo Moratti will have to wait...
Pep: Ah, Moratti already has a great manager.
Q: Is it true that you said once you would come back to Italy and manage Brescia for free?
Pep: no, that was a joke! My daughters need to eat, man, come on! No, I said that as a joke, because I had a great time at Brescia, and besides... you never know! I'm easily persuaded, at the end of the day... it's not the clubs that influence my decisions, it's the people... you decide based on the people you want to work with.


I'm trying to load the video on tumblr but internet is being a bitch to me rn so you'll have to wait a little bit more for the actual footage, OR you can go watch the vid here:


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Apr. 1st, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I know he hasn't said anything particularly Earth-shattering, but this was my face when I was watching the interview:

While AT THE SAME TIME I was fapping about him speaking in Italian:

I now feel slightly schizophrenic. XD
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Apr. 1st, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I will never be ;____;
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
PLEEEEEASE be an april fools joke. ;_____;
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I wish it was, I swear. At first I saw the news on tumblr and thought ppppfff such a tasteless joke... then links to the interview kept popping up... ;_;
(no subject) - nulz - Apr. 1st, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
That sound you just heard...it was my heart breaking :( I know the day is coming. I just don't want to think about, talk about it, acknowledge it, imagine it, accept it ...at all.
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
omg pep why are you saying this stop it
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
this has to be the most elaborate april fools joke ever
i refuse to believe it

Apr. 1st, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
agreed ;___;
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
i refuse to believe. at least today.

btw it's on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zacp1FOIhVo
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
LOOOOOL thank you so much!!!
I was going crazy trying to upload it on tumblr because youtube doesn't work for me today
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)

first part of interview here (youtube won't work for me so I'm uploading them directly on tumblr, devided in 3 parts).
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)

im seriously so sad rn....i can't tell my parents about this cuz they will be ruined and who knows what they'd do

omg and my abuelita as well. omg nooo PEP don't do this cuz you'll ruin my family
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Please say this is a bad April Fool's Day joke?

Or maybe it's somehow out of context/weird editing? It's strange to talk about respect for the club while also making it clear you have one foot out the door. I think he's made it clear he doesn't plan to be Barca's Sir Alex (we can always hope he changes his mind), but why fuel the rumor mill with talk of leaving so far in advance?
Apr. 2nd, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
It's strange to talk about respect for the club while also making it clear you have one foot out the door.

All his feet is inside the door, I can assure you of that. He has the utmost respect and love for the club and to think of him of being disrespectful or half hearted is...insulting.

Pep has never been one to make false promises. He's said in many, many interviews before that he sees himself coaching Barca for 4 - 5 years and after that he'll re-evaluate. Pep puts everything into coaching Barça and at times it's too intense of a job for him. Zubi and Laporta and Xavi have made similar comments about Pep's passion: it's consuming.

Besides coaching 1st team football isn't his end goal. His best friend Estiarte said that Pep would love to end his career coaching football to younger kids, maybe juvenil level.
(no subject) - chicinpink - Apr. 2nd, 2011 06:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
fucking hell what are you even saying
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
this has to be a bad april fool's day joke, this has to be a bad april fool's day joke, this has to be a bad april fool's day joke, this has to be a bad april fool's day joke...

i don't want to believe this ;______;
Apr. 1st, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Pep, this is not funny.

i mean, this is not the best day to say this, if it's not a joke.

Apr. 1st, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm simply choosing not to believe this.
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