Gerard Pique opens up ‘sour’ ending with Pep Guardiola in Barcelona

The centre-back has opened up about his relationship with the current Manchester City manager, admitting the two disagreed during Guardiola’s last year at the Camp Nou

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Gerard Pique has admitted his relationship with former Pep Guardiola “soured” during the manager’s last campaign Barcelona.

The centre-back admitted things ‘started to go wrong’ between the two in Guardiola’s last season as the Blaugrana manager was ‘brutal’ between the two. The comments depict the notable decline in the relationship between the two, which Pique’s previous claim started when he started dating Shakira.

Current since his exit from the Camp Nou in 2012 Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola suggested that Pique would be the future president of the Catalan club. The two appear to have a somewhat complex relationship, although Pique’s recent comments suggest that there is a great deal of mutual respect between the two.

Guardiola was appointed Blaugrana manager the same summer that Pique was signed Manchester United in 2008, with the two enjoying much success together at the club over the course of four seasons. Pique made 183 appearances for the first-team under the coach and won a whopping 14 trophies in that span, including four La Liga titles and two Champions League Crown. But it was Guardiola’s last season at the helm, 2011/12, when things started to go wrong.

Pique explained to YouTuber Jordi Wild when asked about their relationship brand : “I met him in Abu Dhabi and we went for coffee, I’ve always had a very close relationship with Pep. There are moments of ups and downs. The first three years were a bed of roses, but the last one was brutal, I’m sure it was my fault too.

“You don’t know why things start to go wrong, relationships start to turn sour. It’s been a very complicated year on a personal level. I will always be grateful to him, we have a very good relationship.”

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Pique and Guardiola were reunited at the Sergio Aguero’s retirement press conference in December


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Pique has been in a relationship with pop megastar Shakira since 2011, with whom he shares two children but is not married. But Pique revealed in 2021 that dating the singer-songwriter influenced how he and Guardiola got along in their last year together at the Camp Nou.

He explained: “We’ve reached an important point of tension with him and with the dressing room in general. The Mourinho issue carries a lot. Pep wants absolute control over everything that happens. I’ve started dating Shakira and the relationship with him changing. Now.” The relationship is perfect, I had a lot of pressure and if there was a moment I could think of leaving it [after the season of] 11-12.”

Pique remains a mainstay at the heart of Barca’s defence, now in his 14th season th season in the club.

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