Words By: Conor Kelly Produced By: Tifo Studios


Guardiola’s instant success at Barcelona after just one season coaching their B team gave the impression that he waltzed into the job without much preparation, but the reality is far different. He was heavily influenced by his mentor Johan Cruyff, who shaped his philosophy under the principal of “I take the ball, I give the ball, I take the ball, I give the ball.”

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