“I didn’t see that personality when I destroyed him in the Champions League final”

Pep Guardiola had to endure much criticism after the elimination of Manchester City from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid. One of the most striking was that of Patrice Evra, a former United player.

The former French defender accused the Catalan coach of not wanting players with character: “City needs leaders, but Pep does not want leaders. He doesn’t want to train people with personality, This is why they lose.”

Guardiola had the opportunity to ‘get revenge’ on an Evra to which he responded with a ‘zasca’ that went viral in a matter of hours. The coach, in the press conference prior to the match against West Ham, brought up precisely the term personality.

“About what the specialists said, former players like Berbatov, Seedorf or Patrice Evra, who were at the Santiago Bernabéu. I played against them in my career and I didn’t see this kind of personality in his game when they we destroyed in the final of the Champions League against United, when I was training Barça,” Guardiola recalled.

Finally, Guardiola, now in a more jocular tone, slipped that, perhaps, Evra’s intentions have a hidden double bottom: “Perhaps, he left these headlines because wants to work for Manchester United…”