Barcelona coach Guardiola denies feud with Vilanova: I always backed his appointment

tribalfootball.com May 25, 2012, 12:05 pm

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has laid bare his relationship with his successor, Tito Vilanova.

Guardiola insists there is no feud between he pair on the eve of tonight's Copa del Rey final - his last in charge.

"I've given 546 press conferences, which is about 272 hours in front of you guys, in these the 4 years that we've been together. That's 11 straight days of talking. During this whole time I've tried to achieve one objective: credibility. I may have made mistakes along the way and I may have been spot on, but my goal was to always be honest," said Guardiola.

He added: "With that said, I've heard that Pep needs to come out and talk about his relationship with Tito ...

"In November I had lunch with Zubizarreta and he asked me what I thought about naming Tito to the head manager job. I told him that it was a great idea.

"When we played Chelsea, when they eliminated us, I asked Tito to come into my office and I asked him what he thought about being manager of FC Barcelona. He didn't know [we had been talking about it], and it was I that notified him."

Asked about the rumor that he didn't like the fact that Tito was announced as the new manager during the press conference where he announced his departure, Guardiola said: "I'm not the person to tell the Club what it needs to do. The Club gives the orders, and if they decide to name Tito, who am I to say otherwise?"

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