Tuesday 6 December 2016

Manchester City's Barcelona connections

Published 26/08/2016 | 09:36

Pep Guardiola is one of a number of people at Manchester City with Barcelona connections
Pep Guardiola is one of a number of people at Manchester City with Barcelona connections

Manchester City will face Barcelona in the Champions League this season in what will be a reunion for a number of their staff with former colleagues.

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Here, Press Association Sport looks at City's Barcelona connections.

PEP GUARDIOLA

City's new manager had four highly successful years in charge at the Nou Camp - where he was also a revered player - winning two Champions League and three LaLiga titles among 14 trophies.

CLAUDIO BRAVO

Chile international goalkeeper signed by City this week from the Catalan giants in a deal worth around £13.75million. Expected to be installed immediately as first choice, which looks as though it will trigger Joe Hart's departure from the club.

YAYA TOURE

Midfielder at the heart of all City's successes since joining the club from Barca in 2010, but future now uncertain. Guardiola, the Barca manager who sold him to City, has overlooked the 33-year-old for the opening two Premier League matches.

FERRAN SORIANO

City chief executive who held senior administrative positions at Barca from 2003 to 2008 and oversaw huge growth in the Catalan club's commercial performance. Now guiding City on a similar path having overseen a transformation of off-field activities, stadium expansion and construction of remarkable new training complex.

TXIKI BEGIRISTAIN

Director of football who held the equivalent role at Barca under Soriano and while Guardiola was head coach. Influenced Guardiola's appointment at both clubs and has been the key man in player recruitment in recent years.

DOMENEC TORRENT

Trusted assistant coach who has worked alongside Guardiola since joining his backroom staff at Barcelona B in 2008. The former Girona manager, a grandson of a former Barcelona player, also had roles under Guardiola with the Barca senior side and Bayern Munich.

CARLES PLANCHART

Performance analyst renowned for his attention to detail who has worked with Guardiola at all his clubs since 2007.

LORENZO BUENAVENTURA

Fitness coach recruited by Guardiola at Barcelona in 2008 who also worked under the City boss at Bayern.

MANEL ESTIARTE

One of Spain's greatest-ever water polo players and an Olympic gold medallist, Estiarte is a long-time friend, personal assistant and mentor to Guardiola. Guardiola has tapped into his sporting knowledge at both Barca and Bayern and he brought him to City as head of player support and protocol.

MIKEL ARTETA

The former Arsenal, Everton and Rangers midfielder, who joined City's coaching staff this summer, played as a junior at Barcelona.

RODOLFO BORRELL

Another of Guardiola's assistant coaches who has stepped up from a role as technical director at City's Academy. He previously worked at Barcelona, helping nurture the likes of Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta as youngsters before being brought to England by then Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez in 2009.

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