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Guardiola warns Real Madrid:'”Barcelona always bounce back.”

Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona will bounce back under new coach Ernesto Valverde, despite the club’s fierce rivals Real Madrid becoming the first team to retain the Champions League title.

Madrid ended the title hopes of Juventus by beating them 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday, claiming the Champions League for the third time in four seasons, while pipping Barca to LaLiga’s crown secured Madrid’s first Liga-European Cup double since 1958.

Guardiola spent four glittering seasons at the Nou Camp in his first managerial post – winning three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys.

Manchester City boss Guardiola won the Champions League twice at Barcelona, an achievement that has been matched by Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, but the Catalan backed his former club to recover under Luis Enrique’s successor Valverde.

“I congratulate Real Madrid because they were the worthy winners of the Champions League,” Guardiola said at a Johan Cruyff Foundation golf day on Monday.

“But I would also tell them not to become overconfident, because Barcelona always bounce back.”

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“[Valverde] is a very good coach and a good friend. Barcelona have made a good choice.”

Valverde was appointed as Barcelona manager this month to replace Luis Enrique – who stepped down at the end of the season.

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But Guardiola, who coached Barca between 2008 and 2012, believes they are the one team that can overturn a four-goal deficit, and that they remain the best team around.

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“Barcelona are still the best team in the world,” he insisted. “[The result] is always a surprise because they are so, so good, but in football anything can happen. There’s a lot of competition, the opposition are so strong
Zidane has claimed five titles in his 17 months in charge at Real Madrid and Guardiola lavished praise on the Frenchman for the work he has done at the Santiago Bernabeu in turning around the club after a disastrous spell under Rafael Benitez.

Guardiola praised him on his impact at Barcelona’s sworn rivals saying,”He is a great coach and, as a player, he was on another level,” Guardiola said. “I am happy for him because he has done an excellent job.”


“But my advice, knowing Luis [Enrique] and the players a little, is not to talk too much, because they will be back and prove you wrong.

“They’ve done it over the years, dominating football for 10 years, and they continue to be the best team in the world.”

 

Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona will bounce back under new coach Ernesto Valverde, despite the club’s fierce rivals Real Madrid becoming the first team to retain the Champions League title.

Madrid ended the title hopes of Juventus by beating them 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday, claiming the Champions League for the third time in four seasons, while pipping Barca to LaLiga’s crown secured Madrid’s first Liga-European Cup double since 1958.

Guardiola spent four glittering seasons at the Nou Camp in his first managerial post – winning three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys.

Manchester City boss Guardiola won the Champions League twice at Barcelona, an achievement that has been matched by Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, but the Catalan backed his former club to recover under Luis Enrique’s successor Valverde.

“I congratulate Real Madrid because they were the worthy winners of the Champions League,” Guardiola said at a Johan Cruyff Foundation golf day on Monday.

“But I would also tell them not to become overconfident, because Barcelona always bounce back.”

“[Valverde] is a very good coach and a good friend. Barcelona have made a good choice.”

Valverde was appointed as Barcelona manager this month to replace Luis Enrique – who stepped down at the end of the season.

But Guardiola, who coached Barca between 2008 and 2012, believes they are the one team that can overturn a four-goal deficit, and that they remain the best team around.

“Barcelona are still the best team in the world,” he insisted. “[The result] is always a surprise because they are so, so good, but in football anything can happen. There’s a lot of competition, the opposition are so strong
Zidane has claimed five titles in his 17 months in charge at Real Madrid and Guardiola lavished praise on the Frenchman for the work he has done at the Santiago Bernabeu in turning around the club after a disastrous spell under Rafael Benitez.

Guardiola praised him on his impact at Barcelona’s sworn rivals saying,”He is a great coach and, as a player, he was on another level,” Guardiola said. “I am happy for him because he has done an excellent job.”


“But my advice, knowing Luis [Enrique] and the players a little, is not to talk too much, because they will be back and prove you wrong.

“They’ve done it over the years, dominating football for 10 years, and they continue to be the best team in the world.”

 

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Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona will bounce back under new coach Ernesto Valverde, despite the club’s fierce rivals Real Madrid becoming the first team to retain the Champions League title.

Madrid ended the title hopes of Juventus by beating them 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday, claiming the Champions League for the third time in four seasons, while pipping Barca to LaLiga’s crown secured Madrid’s first Liga-European Cup double since 1958.

Guardiola spent four glittering seasons at the Nou Camp in his first managerial post – winning three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys.

Manchester City boss Guardiola won the Champions League twice at Barcelona, an achievement that has been matched by Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, but the Catalan backed his former club to recover under Luis Enrique’s successor Valverde.

“I congratulate Real Madrid because they were the worthy winners of the Champions League,” Guardiola said at a Johan Cruyff Foundation golf day on Monday.

“But I would also tell them not to become overconfident, because Barcelona always bounce back.”

“[Valverde] is a very good coach and a good friend. Barcelona have made a good choice.”

Valverde was appointed as Barcelona manager this month to replace Luis Enrique – who stepped down at the end of the season.

But Guardiola, who coached Barca between 2008 and 2012, believes they are the one team that can overturn a four-goal deficit, and that they remain the best team around.

“Barcelona are still the best team in the world,” he insisted. “[The result] is always a surprise because they are so, so good, but in football anything can happen. There’s a lot of competition, the opposition are so strong
Zidane has claimed five titles in his 17 months in charge at Real Madrid and Guardiola lavished praise on the Frenchman for the work he has done at the Santiago Bernabeu in turning around the club after a disastrous spell under Rafael Benitez.

Guardiola praised him on his impact at Barcelona’s sworn rivals saying,”He is a great coach and, as a player, he was on another level,” Guardiola said. “I am happy for him because he has done an excellent job.”


“But my advice, knowing Luis [Enrique] and the players a little, is not to talk too much, because they will be back and prove you wrong.

“They’ve done it over the years, dominating football for 10 years, and they continue to be the best team in the world.”

 

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