The pressure is gradually mounting on Barcelona and in particular on the boss Luis Enrique following the disastrous Champions League first leg match against PSG last week.
Since then there has been mounting speculation that Pep Guardiola may be tempted back to the club but the Manchester City boss has spoken out to say that he will never coach the team again.
Guardiola won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona’s head coach and he has said that he thinks his former team are still the best in the world despite their recent performances.
Enrique, who has won two La Liga titles with Barcelona and the Champions League, will be out of contract at the end of this season. The team are facing two huge challenges, overcoming PSG’s 4 – 0 lead in the Champions League and overtaking Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.
However, Guardiola says that Barcelona has the “mentality” to pull this off, “There’s a lot of competition, the opposition are so strong. You can win heavily or you can lose heavily, that can happen, it’s happened to me, but there are 90 minutes to go and anything can happen. If there’s a team who can do it, then it’s Barca, with their mentality.”
He went on to say that the team is still the best in the world but that anything can happen in football, including surprise defeats.
Guardiola also commented on English football and said that quality would be improved if FA Cup replays were scrapped. He thinks that all ties, except the final, should be played over two legs or decided with extra-time and penalties without the need for a replay. This would reduce the number of games and he believes result in an overall rise in quality.