Monday 24 June 2019

Pep: Iniesta helped me understand game better

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: EMPICS Sport
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: EMPICS Sport

Jamie Holland

Pep Guardiola has thanked Andres Iniesta for helping him understand football "better" after the Spain midfielder announced he would be leaving Barcelona this summer.

Iniesta gave a tearful press conference at Barcelona's training ground yesterday to call time on his glittering career at the Camp Nou and former Barca boss Guardiola afterwards paid tribute to the cultured 33-year-old midfielder.

"I just say thank you because Andres helped me," said Guardiola. "He helped me to understand the game better - just watching him, what he does on the football pitch. In spite of how many tackles he won it is the way he played, and he was an example of how to be a professional on and off the pitch."

Iniesta, 33, who is expected to move to Chinese Super League club Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, came through Barcelona's famed youth academy, La Masia, and has gone on to win every major honour in the game.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery has announced he is leaving his post as Paris Saint-Germain coach at the end of the season. The Spaniard has steered PSG to another Ligue 1 title but they have again fallen short of expectations in the Champions League,

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