Johan Cruyff has nurtured in the run-up to the Champions League final of FC Barcelona on Saturday against Manchester United speculation about a farewell to coach Josep Guardiola.
London (SID) - Club legend Johan Cruyff has in the run-up to the Champions League final of FC Barcelona on Saturday (8.45 pm / Sat. 1 and sky) against Manchester United speculation about a farewell to Barca coach Josep Guardiola nourished. "Guardiola has had in recent years a damn hard job." "It would not be surprised if he would go regardless of the outcome of the final", said the former coach of the Catalans of the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport. Cruyff sees his Dutch compatriot Marco van Basten as ideal successor for Guardiola.
Guardiola itself had recently initiated the speculation. "My time in Barcelona tends to the end", he said the Italian broadcaster RAI sport in April: "you must understand when it's time to go." Guardiola coached Barca, where he once played as a player, for three years. Of 13 possible titles he has won nine in this time. Title number ten to follow in London's Wembley Stadium - it could be the last. According to Cruyff, "Pep" would resign "because it is very difficult to withstand the pressure in the long term".