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Pep Guardiola: Chasing Perfection | Preview (BBC)

This documentary offers a deep-dive into Pep’s relentless pursuit of perfection, and the methods and motivations that have led him to leave a lasting imprint on the beautiful game.

Fascinating interviews with his inner circle, including his right-hand man Txiki Begiristain, uncover Pep’s journey from a small-town in Catalonia to the awe-inspiring Camp Nou, and the importance of his pivotal relationship with managerial guru Johan Cruyff.

Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol lifts the lid on Guardiola’s innovative approach to managing Barcelona’s first team, whilst disclosing how he dealt with the pressures of an intense rivalry with Jose Mourinho.

After his dramatic departure from Barca, Pep’s closest confidants discuss his constant search for self-improvement and a New York sabbatical that led to his Bayern Munich appointment.

Star players Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer reveal the leadership challenges Pep faced as he strove to apply his football philosophy to a club steeped in history.

Current Manchester City players Phil Foden and Kyle Walker bring to life Guardiola’s relentless work ethic, whilst former Oasis singer Noel Gallagher reflects on how Pep took the club from a fourth place finish to a 100 point title-winning season in the space of the year.

From his humble beginnings as boss of Barcelona B, to his crowning moment in the 2023 Champions League, this documentary charts Pep’s transcendent managerial journey across Europe’s top leagues.

The documentary will be available on BBC iPlayer from 24th January.


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