Pep Guardiola: Chasing Perfection arrives on BBC One, iPlayer and BBC Sounds today on Jan. 24, 2024

Documentary and accompanying podcast series offer a deep dive into Pep’s relentless pursuit of perfection



How and why has Pep Guardiola been able to revolutionise football?

The documentary and accompanying podcast series offers a deep dive into Pep’s relentless pursuit of perfection, and the methods and motivations that have led him to leave a lasting imprint on the beautiful game.

Fascinating interviews from Pep’s inner circle, including friends, former colleagues and players – including Mikel Arteta, Txiki Bergeristan, Carles Puyol, Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and Phil Foden. Uncover Pep’s journey from a small-town in Catalonia to the awe-inspiring Camp Nou, and the importance of his pivotal relationship with managerial guru Johan Cruyff.

Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol lifts the lid on Guardiola’s innovative approach to managing Barcelona’s first team, whilst disclosing how he dealt with the pressures of an intense rivalry with Jose Mourinho.

After his dramatic departure from Barca, Pep’s closest confidants discuss his constant search for self-improvement and a New York sabbatical that led to his Bayern Munich appointment. Star players Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer reveal the leadership challenges Pep faced as he strove to apply his football philosophy to a club steeped in history.

Current Manchester City players Phil Foden and Kyle Walker bring to life Guardiola’s relentless work ethic, whilst former Oasis singer Noel Gallagher reflects on how Pep took the club from a fourth place finish to a 100 point title-winning season in the space of the year.

From his humble beginnings as boss of Barcelona B, to his crowning moment in the 2023 Champions League, this documentary charts Pep’s transcendent managerial journey across Europe’s top leagues.

It is the definitive origin story of a once-in-a-generation genius footballing mind.

Watch Pep Guardiola: Chasing Perfection on BBC One and iPlayer at 10.40pm Wednesday 24 January. Listeners can delve deeper with an accompanying four-part podcast series on BBC Sounds, presented by Steve Crossman and Guillem Balague by searching 'Sporting Giants'.

Source BBC One

January 24, 2024 4:00am ET by BBC One  


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