Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep's Barca Dream

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep's Barca Dream

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PEP Guardiola is motivated to stay longer at City to create a team as iconic as his Barcelona side, according to his closest friend in football.

The Catalan wowed the footballing world a decade ago, winning two Champions League trophies in three years with a team that oozed class.

If they left teams dizzied with the passing carousel that Sir Alex Ferguson could only admire, they were a delight for the neutrals.

Guardiola has recently signed a three-year extension at the Etihad, having achieved a standard in the Premier League never seen before. And according to Domenec Torrent, his assistant of 12 years who has recently taken the reins at sister club, New York City FC, the settled coach is in a perfect position to achieve something special with this City side. …

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