Guardiola: A special game for me

Pep Guardiola admitted that facing Barcelona for the first time made yesterday’s 2-0 win for Bayern Munich ‘a special game’.

The 42-year-old oversaw his new side’s preseason win over his old side thanks to goals from Philipp Lahm and Mario Mandzukic, in what was Barca’s first game of the summer.

“I cannot deny that it is a special game for me, playing against these players that I know,” Guardiola reflected to reporters post-match.

“Seeing them, there is always something there. Barca are always a difficult team, we have tried to have the ball as much as possible.

“For me it was a particular day, a very special game, I was all my life as a player and a Coach at Barcelona.

“This was only a friendly, it was a good test for us for the match against Dortmund next Saturday. Barcelona are always a good team.

“We had our chances and we have to improve our finishing.

“How did Barca play? Barca always gives me a good feeling. I cannot analyse them, that is not for me to do. It is better for me to be quiet, but I think that Barca will always be a strong team.”

Guardiola was asked of Gerardo Martino’s arrival as Coach in place of Tito Vilanova.

“I can only wish good luck to Martino and if Barcelona have chosen him it is because they have a lot more information that I have. I wish him luck.

“The fall-out with Tito? It pertains to his family and to mine. It regards only us and nothing more.”

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