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Pep Guardiola: The Evolution Paperback – 4 Nov 2016
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'Perarnau's fascinating follow-up to Pep Confidential, his acclaimed inside portrait of Guardiola's first season at Bayern … What [the book] does brilliantly is dismantle the British view of Guardiola, which is still of an unbending priest of tiki-taka. Perarnau talks to him every day … [and shows] football's most successful manager is a Swiss Army Knife coach' --Sunday Times
'Perarnau's access to Guardiola and the players allows him to analyse why Bayern didn't win the Champions League under Guardiola and to conclude that he will need time in Manchester. A hugely informative read' --FourFourTwo Magazine
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Marti Perarnau, former Spanish Olympiad turned journalist, is a renowned football analyst. He writers for a number of Spanish newspapers and runs the hugely popular Perarnau Magazine blog. He lives in Barcelona.
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It's a superb read for detail. Given the access of the author, it stands to reason. And it's clear that Perarnau understands football, and talks about it in an intelligent and simplistic way. This is the authors skill. The book offers an incredible insight into all sorts of aspects of the sport, as well as behind the curtain of Guardiola's personal and home life too. This follows in the theme of the first book Perarnau wrote on Guardiola in this respect.
But the book is often derailed by Perarnau's sycophantic passages, which, in my mind, undermine the credibility of the book. Often Perarnau will dip too heavily into praising Guardiola, who the author confesses is only human, but offers little reminder of that throughout. I love Guardiola as much as the next man (maybe slightly more), but hearing about his titanic will, forensic analytics skills and his indomitable personality starts to slowly get under my skin. Even if the author cut down on these gushing moments by half, there'd be too many. It's possible it is an attempt to boost the word count however. Who knows. I could go on, but I feel it would turn it into a bigger issue with the book than it has to be and I don't want to put anybody off.
The author explains in great detail how Guardola deals with certain events/ situations over the three years and the thinking behind certain tactical ideas. For example intergrating players into his strategic plans. A problem he encountered with Thomas Muller one the best attacking players in the world. The author explains the problem with evidence from training, matches, Guardiola himself and his assistants. He then describes the actions taken by the coaching team to recitify the situation. Lastly this is followed up by an in game situation of how all of the hard work to integrate Muller into the system, or the 'team ecosystem' as the author puts paid off in games. This is just one of countless examples the author uses from his time observing at Bayern.
I would recommend reading the first book before this book as this is more of a summary of a summary of his 3 years and Guardiola as a coach, whereas the first books is more in depth in the day to day running of the first team however it isn't essential to do so.
This is a great book not just for coaches but for anyone interested in football or any sport for that matter. The author combines his opinion brilliantly with that of Guardiola and other high class coaches from all sports and the access given is sometimes beyond belief. No wonder Guardiola's wife was worried too much information was being shared!
Martí Perarnau is a very experienced sports journalist with many achievements and deep understanding of the Barca cult,
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