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Pep rules out return as Barca boss

  • Published at 09:44 pm October 31st, 2020
Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Guardiola is already into the longest managerial spell of his career with this his fifth season at City

Pep Guardiola ruled out ever taking charge of Barcelona for a second spell as the Manchester City boss insisted he retains the "desire" to succeed in England.

Guardiola is the most decorated coach in Barca's glorious history after winning 14 trophies in four years in charge between 2008 and 2012.

Josep Maria Bartomeu finally bowed to pressure to resign as president of the Catalan giant this week, with one of the leading candidates to take over, Victor Font, saying he wants to bring legends like Guardiola and his former players Xavi and Carles Puyol back to work for the club.

A boyhood Barca fan, Guardiola also enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the Camp Nou and still holds season tickets as a supporter.

Guardiola is already into the longest managerial spell of his career with this his fifth season at City.

His side still look a long way off the heights they reached in winning back-to-back Premier League titles between 2017 and 2019, but they are slowly getting up to speed after a start to the campaign disrupted by injuries, novel coronavirus cases and just a two-week long pre-season.

Kyle Walker's long-range effort against his former club was enough to secure City's fourth win in five games in all competition as they move up to seventh in the Premier League, just two points off the top.

Manchester City moved two points off the top of the Premier League as Kyle Walker's long-range strike was enough to see off winless Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 31 October 2020

Without a natural striker due to injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, City struggled to turn their dominance into goals at Bramall Lane.

Aaron Ramsdale was busy in the Blades' goal as he twice denied Ferran Torres from close range, while he unconvincingly parried Rodrigo's long-range effort behind.

Walker finally broke the deadlock from similar range on 28 minutes as his shot arrowed low past Ramsdale's right-hand, but there was a muted celebration from the England international against his boyhood club.

Kevin de Bruyne flashed a shot wide following another attacking burst from Walker early in the second-half before Ramsdale produced his best save of the game from Riyad Mahrez's free-kick.

However, City's failure to kill off the game gave Chris Wilder's men chances to snatch an unlikely point.

John Lundstram had the best chance for the host when he side-footed Sander Berge's low cross over.

But Sheffield have still scored just three goals in seven games to start the season and remain second bottom on just one point.

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