Pep Guardiola labels his 2012 Barcelona side as ‘f *** ing killers’ as he recalls how his all-conquering team defeated Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final to give him a trophy-winning broadcast. to deliver.
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola recalls how dominant his Barcelona side was in 2012
- Guardiola received a trophy-winning broadcast in his last game with the club
- His Barcelona side comfortably beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final
- Guardiola has labeled that team as ‘f *** ing killers’ for their desire to win
Pep Guardiola has labeled his 2012 Barcelona team as ‘f *** ing killers’ after recalling how they split Athletic Bilbao in his last game in charge of the club – a 3-0 win in the final of the Copa del Rey.
Goals from Pedro and Lionel Messi in the first half saw the Catalan giants take an impressive lead before the break, shocking Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic players at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid.
Guardiola, now Manchester City manager, recalled how that group of players had a killer instinct, while denying claims that he had asked them to take it easy against Bilbao in the second half.
Pep Guardiola has labeled his all-conquering 2012 Barcelona team a ‘f *** king killers’
The former Barca boss recalls how relentless his players – including Lionel Messi (left) and Alexis Sanchez (right) – were when it came to not only winning, but also destroying rival teams.
The 50-year-old recalled the pressure on his opponents when it seemed as if his Catalan side were playing a friendly game.
‘I remember when I went on the field I saw the excitement of the Athletic Club players,’ Guardiola said TV3 through Brand
The Barcelona players, on the other hand, seemed to be playing a friendly match. They were used to it, they knew they would win.
Pedro scored a brace in the first half against Athletic Bilbao in the final at the Vicente Calderon stadium
‘I would tell you with complete certainty that it was not so [going easy in the second half]
‘Marcelo Bielsa’s teams are trained in resilience and they never give up and those Barcelona players would score five goals if they could and if they could score eight they would.
“They were nice people, but on the field those players were killers.”
It would turn out to be Guardiola’s last game in charge of Barcelona, ending his four-year stint with a trophy – his 14th as manager of the club.
However, when asked about his departure from the club, Guardiola revealed that he was doing his best to keep a cool head on what was an emotional day for the Barca fan as a boyhood and the passionate Catalan.
Messi (right) also got on the scoresheet when Barcelona dismantled Bilbao in the first half
“There was a personal emotional problem in me that came out more than in other finals, but I tried to keep a cool head,” Guardiola concluded.
Guardiola was a nightmare for Athletic Bilbao, who lost two Copa del Rey finals against him while in charge of Barca.
They will now be relieved not to see him on the sidelines for Saturday’s Copa del Rey final when they face Barcelona at La Cartuja in Seville.