The players highlighted the manager’s work on the Barça bench and what he’s taught them over the past four years.
Adriano: “These two years have been very important in my career and I’ve learned a lot”.
After beating Espanyol by 4 to 0, the players thanked Pep Guardiola for what he’s taught them over the last four years. The players were unanimous in their message and they paid tribute to the Barça manager after his last match at the Camp Nou.
Pedro Rodríguez praised Guardiola for his confidence in the youth system. “He gave me the chance to be here, to win titles,” said the Spanish striker. Pedro said that he didn’t know Guardiola’s decision to stay or leave until last week’s press conference: “I honestly thought he was going to stay. He worked the same way. It’s a pity that he’s decided to leave, but we have to understand [his decision].”
Great season that could end with a title
The Barça striker lamented the fact that his team was eliminated from the Champions League despite the team’s season-long good form. However, Pedro recognized that the team is mentally prepared to win the 14th title of the Guardiola era. “The main objective is to win the King’s Cup,” he said.
Here are statements made by the FC Barcelona players after the match, some of them were made on Twitter:
“Very emotional night, without a doubt. Even more so because it was a derby, and for the manager’s farewell. We can only say thank you. He brought me here and he gave me the chance to be his player.
“These two years have been very important in my career and I’ve learned a lot. I’ll remember what he’s taught me for the rest of my life. I’ve improved a lot of things on a personal and footballing level.
“I like Guardiola’s transparency. He always tried to help you. He’s a good person and he has good character.
“We managed to make the party much bigger than the final result (4-0).
“The people have been with us. It’s a shame that we didn’t make it to the final or win the Liga, but the people know that we gave it our all. We’ll keep on fighting. We still have a very important final coming up.
“My objective is to stay here. I have two years left on my contract and I’m very happy to be here at Barça.”
“It was a great tribute to Guardiola. I doubt we’ll see anything similar to that in a long time. Besides, it’s good that people acknowledge what he’s done.
“Pep Guardiola got to our hearts and he taught us values.”
“I’m very pleased with the victory. Thanks to the fans for the love that you show us and thanks to Pep Guardiola. He’s taught us a lot.”
“I’ve had the incredible privilege this year to be at the Stadium next to this man. Eternally grateful, thank you, Pep.” (via FCBarcelona.com)