Sunday, 9 August 2009

Picture: Guardiola lecturing Bojan

During Barcelona's last training session in San Francisco and when the rest of the squad was playing a training match, Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola took Barcelona player Bojan Krkic aside to re-explain him during fifteen minutes some game concepts and to urge the player to correct certain tactical mistakes, mainly regarding the pressure the forward needs to put on the opponent's defense.

31 comments:

groga said...

Psychologists would say Bojan is taking a defensive attitude there... ;)

Carrer de Corsega said...

Pragmatists would say he has no pockets to put his hands in!

Messi108 said...

@ Carrer de Corsega

LOL

barca4life said...

I would say he is listening carefully and watching guardiola in the eye which is the most important thing.

Carrer de Corsega said...

What do you guys think? I think it would be fun to have a caption contest this season after each game. Pep picks one picture and we will try to come up with a caption.

DM1982 said...

Would Pep do that to Zlatan or Xavi?

pep said...

The idea is noted down and the responsible people are informed, Carrer. Don't hold back to remind us...

barcan said...

DM1982...if you see closely you will see Xavi pressuring the defenders...for Zlatan we will se...but can be a little problem.

Visca el Barca!!!

Maygaess said...

poor Bojan, i hope he didnt feel uncomfortable!

Carrer de Corsega said...

@Pep, Thank you sir! One of my favorite thing about this blog is the hidden humor in your photo selection for the articles.

@DM1982, your question seems cynical and patronizing, but I could be wrong because it is hard to express your tone in text. Guardiola better do that with anyone that needs to be lectured. But it is only natural for a youngster or a new player to be in that situation more often.

Bogman said...

Guardiola is the kind of person that would correct, and convince, Jesus (or other prophet depending on favored religion) on the top of the hill if it's best for Barca. You've gotta love him!

skanjos said...

this shows how much he trusts bojan now,the lad will be our only alternative for striker after ibrahimovic and will play alot of minutes this years .its a good thing that pep tries to help bojan .

Anonymous said...

all bojan can hear from pep is "mwop mwop mwop...". Peanuts anyone?

pep said...

@carrer:

i put so many layers in this blog. keep looking for more... ;)

trez said...

bojan seems like a schoolboy who has done something really bad for the first time in his life and got caught, lol

Carrer de Corsega said...

@Pep, another thing I really enjoy is that the blog is extremely user friendly regardless of all the layers you inject in it. Are you planning on changing the layout? If you do, please don't deviate much from this format.

messidona10 said...

lol! he looks scared

pep said...

At least one person who will be sad if one day we can get that state-of-the-art website in place...


If you don't want it to change, the best way is to continue not to accept my everlasting invitation. One post a day?

Anonymous said...

This is funny, read it:

Nicolas Anelka has the football world on tenter hooks with the imminent release of his audacious autobiography ‘It’s not me. It’s everyone else.’ Which critics are are already labelling ’shocking’ and ‘compelling.’

The book, which details Anelka’s rise from Parisian street urchin to World Cup winner certainly pulls no punches, firing broadsides at former team mates from Real Madrid,
Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris St German, Liverpool and Galatasary.

“I wasn’t accepted anywhere I went.” Says Anelka with heart breaking honesty.
In it Anelka exposes the bullying tactics employed by multi national clubs world wide and holds a mirror to the ugly face of football. Some critics have even labelled it the sports equivilent to Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom.’
However none of the targets suffer the wrath of Anelka as much as former team mate Patrick Vieira, whom Anelka describes as a ‘world class git.’

In excerpts to be serialised in the Guardian Anelka reveals:

“My career at Arsenal was going from strength to strength until the day I crossed Vieira, who was better known in the Arsenal dressing room as ‘Le Long.’ I was playing against Fulham at Highbury and I remember receiving a ball from Bergkamp, then rounding the keeper with ease and, with the goal wide open, somehow managing to screw the ball wide at the last minute. It only happened because the sun was in my eyes. It wasn’t my fault! Anyway Vieira gave me a glare and I knew I was in trouble, afterwards in the showers he tore into me and I just snapped, I knew I shouldn’t have, but I called him a ‘lanky limbed boombaclart.’
At first he just stared at me with his hollow eyes. Then…..WHAM!

Just like that he slapped me across the face with his **bleep**. Just once. But it knocked me back a few steps. It was like being struck by a wet kipper. No one could believe what they saw! Can you imagine how embarrassing it is to be smacked across the face with a 14″ pork sword in front of your team mates? It was the worst moment of my life. No one said anything for what seemed like an eternity, the silence was only broken when Ashley Cole asked “Is it my turn?” It was then I knew I had to leave. When Wenger found out what he’d done he merely high fived him and shouted “And that’s why he’s the captain. POW! Look at that thing!”
Anelka’s book reveals how he only regained his confidence eventually playing alongside Paul Dickov at Manchester City. “He could fit it in a polo.” Anelka reveals.
However not all are sympathatic to Anelka’s plight. Diagne N’dour, Vieira’s life long agent and business partner, described Anelka’s book as a ‘disgrace.’
N’dour wrote on his website that, if anything, Anelka should be privileged that he was allowed to touch Vieira’s chopper:

“In our country it is a great honour to be shown, let alone come into contact with Patrick Vieira’s porridge chucker. Instead of painting my client as a tyrant Mr Anelka should be apologising for sullying my clients **bleep** with his miserable, miserable face.”
Patrick Vieira is yet to comment on these accusations

Carrer de Corsega said...

Again, I apologize for not being able to help out. If I ever think I could put some time in, I would. Today is an exception at work for me. I have some time to kill. But these days don't come too often at all. As soon as I get fired, this will be my job!

Carrer de Corsega said...

@ anony, holyshit! What the fuck is that?

pep said...

No problem!



(although I'm going to produce some new CDOs now...)

refter said...

This will be a decisive year for Bojan, so he'd better listen carefully... He'll be first back-up for both Zlatan and Henry so hope he grabs his chance!

DM1982 said...

@ Carrer de Corsega

I didn´t mean to be cynical or patronizing, it was just question.

I think Pep is i good coach and of course it is allright to lecture both young and old players. I was just thinking if he would do the same to big star players like Zlatan or Xavi (not a good example because he works just fine in defense). We all know that Zlatan doesn´t work to much home like Eoó did, will Pep lecture him to if needed. I think he could do it but not in public like he did with Bojan.

Carrer de Corsega said...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_B1JtfOpd85I/SnfbXpfa7XI/AAAAAAAASB8/pPp5rg_oBYI/s1600-h/zlatan+ibrahimovic+barcelona+first+training+2.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_B1JtfOpd85I/SnNhVord8SI/AAAAAAAARyA/xOQvMS4qgPM/s1600-h/zlatan+ibrahimovic+guardiola+josep+barcelona.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_B1JtfOpd85I/SnH-F30zwfI/AAAAAAAARso/DN5PxSAprPA/s1600-h/zlatan+guardiola.jpg

And this one, where he look like he is teaching him more than just football...doggy style:
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1033/pepibra.jpg

DM1982 said...

@Carrer de Corsega

I stand corrected.

In the last picture Ibra i thinking "But I allready know that"

Pep is a great coach and I think that all players respect him, both new and old ones.

Manolo said...

One thing ive never understod with Pep is that.
How can he always know Everything?
Atleast it looks like it.

It looks like he always talks under train sessions. Always have something to say. Always find something that the players doing wrong or can improve.
I mean he has never been a A squad coach before he come .

barcacanada said...

caption:

"bojan listens adoringly as mr. coach sings him the barca anthem"

Anonymous said...

"tonight i predict you're going to score from an alves cross."

tobogan said...

Manolo, Pep was a coach on the field for twenty years. Always eager to learn, and he learnt from the best: Robson, Van Gaal… Especially Cruyff. Like Cruyff, he was obsessed with tactics and especially (in the Dutch-Catalan tradition) the creation of spaces.

Cruyff once said: "Why don't I give instructions on the sideline? Guardiola is closer to the players and he does it better than me".

xaviniesta said...

the caption thing would be brilliant :)

@manolo: aside from experience like tobogan said, pep studied to be a coach whc kind of explains his modern approach to the game. also he lives and breathes football/barca, doesnt seem like he would ever run out of things to say to the players. and anyway, i'm sure bojan appreciates the attention. it means pep is counting on him more and more.

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