Pep Nearly Forced Me To Resign From Barcelona – Pique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique stated in 2011 that he was ready to leave the club owing to coach Pep Guardiola.
Pique has revealed how difficult working under Guardiola can be, alleging that the coach’s rivalry with then-Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was exhausting for the players – to the point where he took problem with him dating pop queen Shakira in 2011.
“We reached an essential moment of stress with him, and with the dressing room in general,” the defender told Marca. It was tough to compete with José Mourinho.
Pep desired complete control over everything that occurred. When I started dating Shakira, my connection with him altered – it’s now great.
“I was under a lot of stress. I had the impression that I had to execute everything perfectly in training. If there was ever a time when I considered quitting Barça, it was during that season (the summer of 2011).”