Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United

Guardiola to stay at champions Barca

May 29, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola wants to stay on for another season at the Nou Camp after leading his team to a second Champions League title in three seasons.

Josep Guardiola is thrown in the air in celebration
GettyImagesJosep Guardiola is thrown in the air in celebration after the Champions League victory

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Barca produced a masterclass to take home the trophy after a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley, but there had been speculation the match would be Guardiola's last.

Guardiola, who signed a contract extension until the end of next season, had been linked with the vacant Chelsea hot seat and a new challenge in the Premier League.

However, after securing a fourth European Cup for Barca, the 40-year-old said: "I've the intention to continue one more year and after we will see. You have girls falling at your feet when you win but that can change overnight."

Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi - who scored Barcelona's crucial second goal - shone as Barcelona powered to the Champions League title and Guardiola admitted he might not have players of such class if he moved clubs.

"My future will be very tough as I'll be at another club with other players, thinking 'where are these kinds of players?' added Guardiola. "A coach depends on the players."

"I feel privileged to have these players. Everyone has worked towards this. We are very happy. But I have to look inside of me. I am happy to be here as coach of these guys. but it is not an easy job."

Guardiola also believes it is not realistic to try to emulate the 25 years opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson has been at the helm at Old Trafford in Spain.

"In England it can be 25 years, in Spain it is impossible," said Guardiola. "They are different ways. For him to be manager for 25 years and create new teams and new teams he has my admiration. I know it is difficult."

Guardiola has won 10 titles - including two European Cups - in his three years in charge of the club he served as a player for 17 years.