I prefer sex by far to coaching - Guardiola

Dani Alves Barcelona

Dani Alves Barcelona

The Brazil global was still a Sevilla player when he agreed to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2007. I know that if people close to me are happy, I am happy and I can work better. "I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team".

Pep Alves is one of many players to have cited the Manchester City manager's coaching methods as inspirational, but Pep Guardiola has played down such claims.

After three seasons of success passed Alves then went from almost playing under Mourinho to becoming part of Guardiola's side who proved to be a major hurdle for Mourinho.

"But I hear what my club said to me and I trust a lot of them".

"He is a genius at key moments". On many occasions, he was a manager who won us matches. Though, we can never just assume Manchester United will lose.

Alves first arrived at Barcelona in 2008 after completing a move from Sevilla.

Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners are brazenly trying to "sportswash" their country's "deeply tarnished image" by pouring money into the Premier League club, according to Amnesty International.

So, how does the former Barcelona boss feel about the analogy?

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Alves added: "When things went wrong, Pep always had the solution, he always had this magical touch which allowed us to improve".

The 35-year-old Brazilian defender, now with Paris St Germain, where he continues to recover from a serious knee injury, revealed how Guardiola's man-management skills helped create such a successful environment within the Nou Camp.

He explained: "Everything was done to go to Manchester City, but it did not happen because of a family decision".

Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side set the benchmark in modern football as they dominated in Spain and Europe.

"I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him [Mourinho]". He knows all the respect I have for them, that's why I wanted to work with him again, until something appears.

"I know that if the people close to me are happy, I am happy, and I can do my job better".

"No, no I don't regret it [not moving to England]. and anyway my career is not over yet".

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