Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry who played under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona has revealed that the Bayern Munich coach who is wanted by Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United bases his winning formula around the three Ps - play, possession and position.
According to Henry, Guardiola’s blueprint included a ban of the players from watching F1 and tennis.
The Bayern Munich boss is expected to leave his post at the end of the season with Manchester City reportedly leading the way for his signature as Chelsea and Manchester United prepares the grounds to ditch the plot with the Spaniard set to embark on a new challenge in the Premier League next season.
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Henry, who wrote in his Sun in Sunday column, revealed that Guardiola was a demanding coach who gave in little room for experiments.
He hinted that Guardiola’s three Ps related to the continual movement of the ball, retention of it but importantly remaining where you are supposed to be on the pitch.
It is when the team reaches the final third that they are allowed the freedom to finish off moves.
In one memorable game, which was a Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon, Henry, then a key player was hauled off at half-time after scoring in the game because he veered over to the opposite wing; a position he was not expected to be seen.
Guardiola being radical when it comes to tactics has turned Manuel Neuer effectively into sweeper as part of a 1-2-5-3 shape on occasions.
This was aimed at packing the midfield when out of possession, to give his side the best possible chance of winning the ball back.
But discipline does not just come on the football pitch for Guardiola's teams. They also need to be on their best behaviour off the pitch too, he expected his players to be of best behavior.
However, out of all these, Henry believes that Guardiola was a good manager who always drove his players on to achieve better than they were doing at any moment.
Meanwhile, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern, has lashed at the former Barcelona coach, describing him as “tactics freak” and one who pondered over match situations day and night but never focused on his interpersonal relationships with his players.