First and foremost, thank you. Thank you Pep for bringing the beauty back to futbol. Thank you for the 13 (still a chance for number 14 in the Copa del Rey) championships you’ve won in your 4 years at Barcelona. Thank you for being humble in your victories. Thank you for being classy in your defeats (ahem, that dick at Madrid could learn a thing or two..I never said I was classy). I’m sure that coaching one of the most popular teams in the world can lead to lots of stress and because of what you’ve accomplished, I ain’t mad at ya. I am sad though. Sad that you are going out not having won La Liga for a 4th year. Sad you couldn’t win your 3rd UEFA Champions League. Sad that we won’t be seeing your GQ stylings roaming the Nou Camp sidelines anymore (seriously, this guy was fresh as shit with regards to how he dressed). I know you didn’t develop the tika-taka style of short passing and ball control that Barca employs, but you did help perfect it. The beauty in which your teams played (aside from when there was flopping) could make a scoreless draw an amazing game to behold. I do not think Barca will fail without you, but I do think it will not be as easy as some might think. You were able to manage the players and make them play as one. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, Fabregas, Sanchez, Villa, Alves, Busquets, Mascherano, Keita, Abidal, Pedro, Thiago, etc. Those names hold a lot of weight in the world of soccer individually, but under your watch, they were all ONE. You molded them into a masterpiece. Because of you, FC Barcelona was on top of the world of soccer. Because of you, Barca is indeed “mes que un club.”
Thanks for everything Pep.
Every FC Barcelona Fan