Pep Guardiola may be one of the most respected and revered football coaches in the world at the moment, but the Manchester City boss was beaming as he talked about his passion for golf this afternoon – notably, the Ryder Cup.
The Spaniard has won the Champions League, La Liga and Club World Cup during his glittering career, but today he revealed one of his greatest sporting memories came in 2012 at Medinah, when Europe ompleted arguably the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history by winning eight of 12 singles matches on the final day to overturn the United States’ four-point lead.
Guardiola was a guest at the event of Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabel and compatriot, and at his press conference today he spoke for around 15 minutes about how much he treasures his memories of that weekend.
Speaking via Goal, Guardiola said: “Wow. Believe me, I was a football player, I was so lucky, because it was an amazing experience, as a coach the same.
“We won prizes as football players, and as a coach, but always you remember not the prizes when you finish, you remember the time you spend, you have fun in the locker room with the guys, and how many times you laugh.
“I don’t think I can compare the experience that I lived in Medinah in the Ryder Cup.
I think it was the highest experience I ever lived as a sports guy. I was so lucky that Olazabal invited all my family there.
“The last round we were 10 points down, on the ropes, and following all the players, seeing the putting from two or three metres, the chipping, the putting, then seeing the crowd in the USA how step by step – nine, eight, seven, six, five, four – in the last holes, it was really amazing, it was fantastic and I hope these three days, while I’m here in England, I can watch again this marvellous event.
“I am a big fan of golf and a big fan of the Ryder Cup and hopefully we can enjoy these amazing players, because all of them they are outstanding.”
Guardiola and his Man City stars face a crucial trip to Tottenham’s White Hart Lane on Sunday – but I think we all know that Pep will have a little bit of his mind focused on the action at Hazeltine.
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