Alright Culés, calm down. We knew this was a possibility.
The world is not ending. Although for some fans, it feels like it is–especially after the past week and a half the team has endured.
None of us wanted this to happen, but we knew this day would come.
First let me start off by saying thank you to FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell for trying to do everything to keep Pep Guardiola with FC Barcelona. It has been a struggle to keep Pep but I'm happy that Sandro did everything possible to keep Pep pleased and with the club.
Thank you to all the Barcelona players for making the effort to try and convince Pep to stay. Thank you especially to Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Cesc Fàbregas for their efforts. These three are more attached to Pep than most of the other players and have kept the effort to keep Pep on the Camp Nou bench.
We Culés should be thrilled that Tito Vilanova will be the new manager. He will keep Pep's system going and the players will be happy to have a manager they are familiar with.
No "fin de ciclo." FC Barcelona's winning ways nor playing style is not going to change dramatically. This team will bounce back.
That being said, and with all due respect to Tito, he's no Pep Guardiola. The team will play the same, but Pep's leadership, wisdom, and class can ever be matched.
Let’s focus on Pep.
I’m not going to write about why did this happen or what Rosell, the players, or the media could have done to keep Guardiola as manager of Barcelona. I’m not even going to say that it was the fact that Barcelona was not able to reach the UEFA Champions League Final and win it that is the reason Pep is leaving.
Pep told the world why he is leaving at the press conference Friday morning.
“Every day during four years, the demands are very high, the pressure, the necessary energy to push the players and enjoy it. I need to rest and move away.”
I’m not going to judge Pep and his decision.
I just want to say “Thank you, Pep.”
Thank you for taking our team to heights none of us Culés could have ever imagined.
Thank you for creating a football revolution that will never been seen again.
Thank you for making “tiki-taka” a worldwide term.
Thank you for taking chances with kids from La Masia. If it wasn’t for you, perhaps we wouldn’t have known the great talents of Sergio Busquets, Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello, Pedro, and others.
Thank you for bringing out the best in Lionel Messi.
Thank you for reminding us that games are dominated in the midfield.
Thank you for mentoring the mids: Xavi, Iniesta, and Fàbregas as well as Thiago.
Thank you for mentoring Tito Vilanova who will now lead El Blaugrana.
Thank you Pep, for the greatest single season in football history (2008-09) with six titles.
Thank you for showing strength in times of disappointment.
Thank you Pep, for showing these other so-called great managers what it is to be classy. You always showed class. You taught your players and even us fans to stay classy as well.
Thank you for showing everyone that you can be just as competitive being calm and classy rather than having to be loud or arrogant.
Thank you for having a smile even after a tough defeat.
Thank you for making the sweater vest look so good.
Thank you for having style.
Thank you for inspiring people.
Thank you for giving us four years of the greatest football we've ever seen.
Thank you for giving us three Liga titles.
Thank you for giving us two UEFA Champions League titles.
Thank you for giving us one team that the world will never forget.
Thank you for bringing us a total of 13 (potentially 14) titles in only four years.
Thank you for making FC Barcelona, Catalunya, and the Camp Nou the place where football magic happens.
Catalunya is your homeland. The Camp Nou is your home. We understand that you need to leave. Just promise us that you will eventually find your way home.
On behalf of all Culés, thank you Josep “Pep” Guardiola, for the memories that will live in the minds and hearts of all Culés forever.
ser del Barça és
el millor que hi ha!
Thank you, Pep Guardiola. We will miss you and no one will ever truly be able to replace you.
You will always have a place in hearts of all Culés.
You will always be a Culé.
You will always be Més Que Un Manager.
Visca el Barça!
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