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Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
When have I claimed that he didn't create that "best team in the world?" He did. He did everything right for Barcelona.
But he couldn't handle the stress and NEWSFLASH--handling stressful environment and circumstances is one of the first bullets in the TOR of a football manager.
As for the competitive nature of the job, well, in Spain (less so at Barca), that is the case. It's something you deal with and he did deal with it, but the season--he couldn't win anything, he left. Your psychological diagnosis of that scenario could be different. Mine would be different.
Yes, I wouldn't expect Pep to manage QPR, would I? But it's all too flattering that he went from Barca (top team when he was there) to Bayern (presumably the next big thing).
About Pep vs. Jose, as much as I like Pep, he couldn't take the heat from Mourinho. Jose's mind games and BS became too much of him. While that shows that he is a classy man, unlike Mou, it also shows he prefers it cool and calm and doesn't do his best when under severe scrutiny.
Handling egos and stress is as much part of the job, as are the tactics. He's done them brilliantly but it's ironic, almost strange that Pep left the very season Barca failed to win the CL or La Liga.