Fútbol: Guardiola y Bielsa

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La mirada de Guardiola
RAMÓN BESA 07/11/2011

Pep Guardiola propone a los aficionados un nuevo ejercicio para esta temporada: si el fútbol es un espectáculo, no hay que mirar al marcador, sino atender a cada partido y discutir después sobre el juego y sus emociones. La propuesta del técnico del Barcelona es comprensible si se tiene en cuenta que su equipo ha ganado 12 de 15 títulos que ha disputado con él; puede parecer ventajista para los que solo miran el resultado, y más si se constata que ahora mismo el líder es el Madrid, que por vez primera saca tres puntos a los azulgrana, y hasta cierto punto será dolorosa si se quiere para aquellos barcelonistas que piden como trofeo la cabeza de José Mourinho como signo de rendición de Florentino Pérez.

Visto con los ojos de Guardiola, el partido de San Mamés fue excelente por intenso, vertiginoso, exigente…, de un desgaste extremo y, sobre todo, merecedor de un aplauso por la honradez. Jugaron los dos equipos a ganar, no hubo trampas ni jugadas polémicas -a excepción, si acaso, de un posible penalti de Adriano por agarrón a Iraola- y se respetaron las leyes naturales del juego. El despliegue del Barça fue más admirable que nunca, tanto como el del Athletic, irreductible en su feudo, arropado por su hinchada, al calor de su campo. Ambos equipos fueron siempre reconocibles sin negar jamás al adversario. El uno requirió la mejor versión del rival y cualquier respuesta que no hubiera sido la prevista habría significado una traición. No hubo tregua ni especulación y se sucedieron once mano a mano en la cancha: cada jugador quedó expuesto con su par respectivo. Los errores penalizan siempre en partidos que son un libro abierto como el de anoche en La Catedral, sobre todo por parte del Barça: Mascherano se resbaló en el 1-0 y, por querer evitar un fuera de banda, cedió un córner que supuso el 2-1, jugada que retrató el estilo azulgrana: la pelota se juega siempre y en cualquier circunstancia. El gol a última hora de Messi le redimió del penalti que le paró Javi Varas en el minuto 92 o del empate que el Milan consiguió en el tiempo añadido del partido de la Champions jugado en el Camp Nou.

Así que gloria al Athletic y el Barça por su partido de ayer en Bilbao. Otra cosa es preguntarse si la actuación azulgrana en el contexto del campeonato merece una visión distinta, sobre todo si se atiende a su trayectoria en cancha ajena: dos victorias por 0-1, en Gijón y Granada, y tres empates 2-2 en Anoeta, Mestalla y San Mamés. Guardiola tampoco tuvo nada que reprochar a sus futbolistas cuando empataron en Valencia ni contra el Sevilla en el Camp Nou. Aún invicto, el Barça solo ha concedido un resultado reprobable: el empate ante la Real Sociedad después de desperdiciar dos goles de ventaja.

Las cosas son diferentes a la temporada pasada porque el Madrid y el Barça también son distintos. No deja de ser sintomático que el mejor azulgrana ayer fuera Cesc. Presenta el Barça nuevos jugadores, otras variantes, evoluciona en su juego y su fútbol es elogiado en cada partido. La duda está en saber si le alcanzará también para renovar el título. Hoy por hoy, en cualquier caso, las explicaciones de Guardiola parecen razonables, y más si se trata de que se incorporen a la Liga técnicos como Marcelo Bielsa. Mira el Barça al campo y no a la clasificación y al Madrid le parece muy bien.

  • PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

    PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

“I give you my word that we will put in an effort. I don’t know if we’ll win, but we’ll persist. Put on your seat belts, because we’re going to have fun”
“I don’t want to live off what I’ve done. There is nowhere like this, but we have to carry on winning”
“If we get up early and have a think, believe me, we are an unstoppable country. Thank you and Long Live Catalonia”

Here is a selection of quotes by Josep Guardiola since he became first team manager. They reveal a lot about his way of doing things, his style and his understanding of the sport.

“I can’t promise titles but I am convinced that the fans will be proud of us”.
(17-06-08. Press conference on being presented as the new manager of FC Barcelona)

“I give you my word that we will put in an effort. I don’t know if we’ll win, but we’ll persist. Put on your seat belts, because we’re going to have fun”.
(16-08-08. Presentation at the Camp Nou of Barça 2008/09 to the fans)

“I am very happy. It’s one of the happiest days of my life. To come here and play a great game like we did is not easy. I’m excited to know that we have made so many people happy tonight. It’s an immense joy”.
(2-05-09. The 6-2 win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu)

“There is no doubt that we won’t let you down on Wednesday”. (May 27 was the day of the Champions League Final in Rome).
(23-05-09. Celebration in Camp Nou of Liga and Copa del Rey double)

“After what we have seen in the streets of Barcelona, you can’t imagine how beautiful the stadium is. I want to say three things: one, that if we have ever been made to look ridiculous that you forgive us because of what we have done this season; two, thank you to my collaborators; and three, I ask you to applaud the players. And if you’ll allow me, ‘we’ve got it here!'”.
(28-05-09. Celebration the treble with the fans at the Camp Nou)

“I have to generate what I can do, give, for them to continue stimulated and having the humility to keep on winning. I have a lot of faith in my team”.
(20-07-2009. First press conference of the season 2009/10)

“I always do it, but today I want to thank the players for the months they’ve put in. They have played very well sometimes, and the people have enjoyed that. I never forget that they are the ones who make me great”.
(19-12-2009. Press conference after winning the Clubs World Cup)

“We owed the fans one for the way they treated us after we were knocked out of the Champions League”.
(16-05-2010. On winning the second league in a row with 99 points)

“I want to continue doing my work well and for the people to be proud of how we do it”.
(19-07-2010. First press conference of the season 2010/11)

“I once again give you my word that we’ll make every effort to be successful. I ask you to get comfortable because I get the feeling that we’re going to have fun once again”.
(25-08-2010. Presentation to the fans of the 2010/11 team at the Camp Nou)

“We’ll assume this in peace but what we won’t do is not enjoy this”.

“They have had a great time and that gives sense to our work”.
(29-11-2010. Press conference after beating Madrid 5-0)

“I don’t want to live off what I’ve done. There is nowhere like this, but we have to carry on winning”.
(11-02-2011. First press conference after renewing his contract)

“Of course it is better to win that to lose, and you don’t always win in life. We’ll get over this, of course. These players have shown that many times”.
(20-04-2011. Press conference after losing the final of the Copa del Rey to Real Madrid)

“I ask the people, and all the papers and radios not to be so imprudent as to believe something has been done before it’s happened. We want to get to Wembley, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’d be better off keeping calm. We haven’t won the final. That was the first leg and we won 2-0. Nine European Cups, that says it all. We have to make sure we can control the atmosphere”.
(27-04-2011. Press conference after beating Real Madrid 2-0 at the Bernabéu in the first leg of the Champions League semi final)

“It is a major success to have reached two Champions League finals in three years. I’m infinitely grateful to these players. I’m delighted with the way we did it”.
(03-05-2011. Press conference after qualifying for the Champions League Final at Wembley)

“Now we just want to enjoy it, eat a lot, dance a lot, sing a lot… do a lot of a lot. We have to organise parties because this title warrants them. And we have time to get ready for the final in Wembley”.
(11-05-2011. On winning the third Liga title out of three)

“We are happy when you win, but also with the way we did it… now we’ve got four, and that’s a great number”.
(28-05-2011. On winning the club’s fourth Champions League at Wembley against Manchester United (3-1) )

“Winning is very hard, whatever the competition. And winning again is even harder. We have worked hard all this time, and that’s what I’m proudest of. I give you my word that the players will make the utmost effort”.
(22-08-2011. Presentation of the team at the Camp Nou before the Joan Gamper Trophy game with Napoli)

“If we get up early and have a think, believe me, we are an unstoppable country. Thank you and Long Live Catalonia”.
(08-09-2011. Speech at the Parliament of Catalonia after receiving its Medal of Honour)