PEP GUARDIOLA turned Manchester Metropolis into record-breakers due to a collection of fortunate superstitions.
The Spanish tremendous coach’s quirky rituals included:
- Hugging greatest pal Manuel Estiarte earlier than each match.
- Sporting the identical pair of Johan Cruyff boots final time period for Metropolis’s 18-game profitable streak.
- Preserving a statue of hero Cruyff on his desk.
- And religiously sitting beside his then-assistant Domenec Torrent.
Guardiola stated: “Estiarte’s opinions are so valued. He sees one thing particular that has occurred within the locker room.”
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Ex-Olympic gold medallist Estiarte, 56, works as considered one of his backroom workforce.
Guardiola remains to be vastly influenced by iconic Dutchman Cruyff, who was as soon as his boss at Barcelona.
And he reckons the soccer icon helped encourage Metropolis to be the primary English title winners to achieve 100 factors.
Additionally they completed a report 19 factors clear on the prime, claimed most league objectives ever (106) and most league wins (32).
Within the Amazon Prime documentary ‘All or Nothing’, the Spaniard spoke movingly about Cruyff, who died aged 68 in 2016.
He stated: “All these concepts and beliefs come from him. This why I’m right here, sitting right here, speaking to you. Johan is all the time with us.”
Metropolis Workforce analyst Carles Planchart additionally revealed he and Torrent would all the time sit beside Pep at video games.
He stated: “By custom, we’d be by his facet from after we arrived to after we go away. We’d speak about soccer, about life. These are magical moments.”