Under Pep Guardiola's reign, Medhi Benatia played for FC Bayern for two years. In retrospect, the Moroccan draws a mixed conclusion. Academically speaking, there was nothing wrong with the 48-year-old, but he missed a lot in human terms.
At the age of 28, Benatia switched to Säbener Straße, "I think with a lot of football knowledge. And yet you have the impression every day that you discover a new facet of football," the 32-year-old said in an interview with "Radio Monte Carlo" .
But it was not appropriate between people, reports the central defender: "Guardiola is someone who does not give much importance to human conditions". His provision was, "You're here to do what I say, but we're not here to be friends."
It was a fundamental difference for his former coaches such as Rudi Garcia at AS Roma and also Francesco Guidolin at Udinese Calcio. About this Benatia says: "We were not friends, but we had a great relationship."
Benatia praises Pep's philosophy
Pep, on the other hand, was Benatia's statements always focused on football. "He's the boss, he's the one who decides, he's the one who tells you how to play."
It went too far for the two-time German champion, and that's why he once gave the coach a contradiction: "You bought me for 30 million, so I have quality. If you took me to change me, you have to look for someone else. "
Benatia currently plays for the Qatari club Al Duhail, but likes to think back on the tricks of the star coach: "He shows you how to position your body, how to control the ball so your shoulders are open to the game. Tactical he will always strive for superiority in the midfield, he wants to play. "
Therefore, the focus of the training was always on working with the ball. The Catalans managed without strength and athletic devices. Guardiola Benatia said, "What for? My team has the ball, so we run with the ball."