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Coach of the year Pep Guardiola warns Barça against complacency

Newly-crowned world coach of the year Pep Guardiola will not let standards slip at Barcelona after another sparkling year

Martin Caparrotta
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Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola at a news conference on MondayPhoto: The Sport Review

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Pep Guardiola insists he will not let Barcelona rest on their laurels after he was named world coach of the year for 2011 on Monday.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scooped the Ballon d’Or award for the third year running, and the Catalan club had five players in the FIFPro world team of the year after the winners were announced at the glitzy Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.

But Guardiola, who beat Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid coach José Mourinho to the coach award with 41.92 per cent of the vote, maintains that individual accolades are simply the result of collective success.

“Obviously [the individual awards] are a great source of joy, but you don’t become a player or a coach for that reason,” he told Fifa’s website. “You do so to enjoy the game, to put a certain philosophy into practice and work with the players. And then, of course, events like these put football in a good light and we all need to encourage that to keep the sport growing.

“When you win titles, individual recognition comes hand in hand. At the end of the day we’re fortunate both because we’ve won these prizes and because we’re happy to have received so much praise for the way we’ve played. We hope to stay on this path in order to live nights like this again.”

But Guardiola admits that living up to the high standards set by his side is a challenge. “It’s not easy as the more successful you are the more other teams want to beat you, the more they learn about you and the harder you have to work,” he continued.

“But we need to keep working as effectively as we can, as well as setting our objectives as high as possible in order to keep winning.

“In football a team’s success or failure hangs by a thread. It might seem that because we’ve been successful in the past and we’re very young this is going to last, but you have to take things very carefully. It’s extremely difficult to build something good and strong, but letting it slide is much easier.”

Pep Guardiola: His 13 titles as Barcelona coach

3 La Liga titles (2009, 2010, 2011)
1 Copa del Rey (2009)
3 Spanish Supercups (2009, 2010, 2011)
2 Champions Leagues (2009, 2011)
2 European Supercups (2009, 2011)
2 Club World Cups (2009, 2011)

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