Emirates Stadium boss surprised to see Barcelona manager resign.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken out over Pep Guardiola’s resignation from Spanish side Barcelona, and admits that he would have liked to see the former Barca player stay another season to try and recapture the success he achieved in previous campaigns.
Guardiola announced on Friday afternoon that he would be leaving the Catalan club following a somewhat disappointing campaign, with recent defeats against Real Madrid and Chelsea enough to see his side bow out of the Champions League and La Liga title race.
Wenger’s side knows what it feels like to bow out of the Champions League at the mercy of Barcelona, with his side being knocked out by the Spanish giants on two occasions in recent seasons.
Speaking on Friday morning before Guardiola’s official announcement, the Gunners boss said: “It comes as a surprise to me because first of all when you make a decision after a big disappointment like he has had in the past week, it may not be the right moment to make this decision,” as reported by the BBC.
“The philosophy of Barcelona has to be bigger than winning or losing a championship.
“Guardiola is one of the representatives of this philosophy and made this philosophy triumph so I would have loved him, even going through a disappointing year, to stay and come back and insist with his philosophy. That would be interesting.”
It’s not so much the fact that Barca lost to Madrid and Chelsea, but more the way in which they were defeated. A defeat that relinquished their La Liga crown to Mourinho’s men, and the Arsenal coach has shown his sympathy by telling reporters at a Uefa news conference:
“I can understand there are not many managers who work throughout a career without a breather,” reported the BBC.
“Maybe he has not shown the stress. Maybe it’s taken more than he has shown. You never know from the outside how deeply a man suffers from the inside.
“I have heard he has come out and wants to have a break to reflect on the situation, which you can understand after a certain time.
“I decided the other way to never come out of a job, because it becomes second nature to cope with it. It becomes your life, but some people need to move out at some stage.”
Barcelona have confirmed that assistant manager Tito Vilanova will step up to the plate next season, quashing rumours that the likes of Wenger, and Atheltic Bilbao’s Marcelo Bielsa were being considered for the post.
Vilanova was not among the favourites to replace Guardiola once it emerged he would be leaving, but Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Madrid based newspaper Marca:
“We’ve always said that if the team needs players, we look at home first. What do we have here at home? Tito.
“We chose Tito because he represents the idea and the image. He has commitment and personality.”
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