Sunday May 5 2013
Guardiola: Messi second to none

Former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola has praised Lionel Messi, calling the Argentine sensation 'second to none'.

The Spanish tactician resigned from his post at Camp Nou last summer, but was still full of praise for the Blaugrana and their record-breaking attacker.

“His movement in the middle of the pitch was second to none,” Guardiola told reporters.

The false nine position allowed him to come back looking for the ball without being followed by the defenders.

That way, we were able to dominate in that part of the pitch and he had more freedom to come and get the ball.

“The first time I met him was at a Nike shop. He seemed shy, as always. He was with his father and I didn't know him, but Tito [Vilanova] had told me he was going to be a sensation - and he was spot on.

“I was very happy at Barcelona.

“I'm not better than any other Coach. Success and failure are part of the game.”

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