Thoughts and links on Pep Guardiola’s time at Barcelona

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I already spelled out how I felt about what Barcelona’s accomplished manager and the peerless product he assembled over four years at the Nou Camp. Here’s what others have to say about Pep Guardiola’s unprecedented, all-to-brief time in charge of the Blaugrana, plus lots more.

From the BBC, some thoughts on Guardiola’s legacy.

This is from about a month ago: It’s an enlightened, tactical look at the way Guardiola did things at Barcelona. (If you’re a tactics nerd – and I’m guilty, for sure – this is a fantastic piece.)

Titles under Pep Guardiola since 2008

  • La Liga crowns in 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11
  • Champions League winners in 2009, 2011
  • Copa del Rey titles in 2009 (2012 still in contention)
  • Spanish Super Cups in 2009, 2010, 2011
  • UEFA Super Cups in 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cups in 2009, 2011

Here, the Guardian briefs us on Tito Vilanova, the man already named to replace Barca’s heralded boss.

Mark Doyle at Goal.com says Guardiola has earned the right to walk away on his terms.

Barcelona-based Graham Hunter, writing for ESPN.com, wondered after last week’s Clasico if this was really the way either manager at Real Madrid or Barcelona wanted to sign off?