Pep Guardiola Leaving FC Barcelona: Did Real Madrid and Mourinho Force Him Out?

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IApril 27, 2012

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho
Pep Guardiola and Jose MourinhoDenis Doyle/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola is leaving FC Barcelona after five years as manager of the club. He will be replaced by Tito Vilanova after the end of the current La Liga season, as reported by

Some may wonder whether Guardiola's departure is because of Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid. While La Blaugrana and Real Madrid are strong rivals in La Liga BBVA and the UEFA Champions League, the idea is fanciful.

Guardiola was concentrating all of his energy in winning the 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League. It was almost impossible to surpass Real Madrid in the 2011-2012 La Liga BBVA standings .

The departure of Guardiola is based on the results of La Blaugrana in the UEFA Champions League. The majority of the supporters (it hurts as one of them to say it) also placed unreasonable demands on the club and players.

Guardiola and FC Barcelona was also a victim of its own success. Dani Alves is an example of how success can produce negative results.

Let's break down how each of these things contributed to Barcelona's current situation:


UEFA Champions League

FC Barcelona had everything to its advantage in the UEFA Champions League match. The problem was consistency in its matches.

La Blaugrana won convincingly against Bayer Leverkusen on March 7 but experienced a scoreless draw against AC Milan at the end of March.

Chelsea receives blame for the debacle, with John Terry using force against Alexis Sanchez. La Blaugrana also should receive blame for its sloppy playing.

Lionel Messi attempted to score, but his shot disgracefully crashed against a crossbar. In the end, La Blaugrana lost to Chelsea.


The Fans

As a supporter of Barca, it hurts to say that the majority of us demanded perfection from the team. The majority of us considered Barca to be a team that could win matches without problems.

It takes hard work and effort to play and win a match. The players at Barca are human beings like the rest of us.


Dani Alves

Dani Alves commented about Chelsea being scared during the 2009 UEFA Champions League match between the two teams. While the incident has not received the publicity it deserves, Alves managed to wake up Chelsea.

The result was the elimination of FC Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League. It is hoped that Dani Alves learned his lesson about reopening old wounds.



Hopefully, next year's La Liga and Champions Leagues seasons will be the continuation of the golden age of Barca. However, it remains to be seen how the team will fare without Guardiola under new manager Tito Vilanova.