Pep Guardiola: The key to Barcelona’s success is ‘very simple’

Barcelona coach Pep Guadiola insists there are no complex secrets behind his side's sustained success after Club World Cup triumph

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Pep Guardiola has steered Barcelona to 13 trophies since taking charge in 2008 Photo: The Sport Review

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Pep Guardiola insists there are no secrets behind Barcelona’s recent triumphs after his side lifted the Club World Cup following a 4-0 thrashing of Brazilian side Santos in Sunday’s final.

Their latest title means the Catalan giants have now won 13 trophies from a possible 16 since Guardiola took the reigns at Camp Nou in 2008.

But the 40-year-old insists their sustained success is mainly down to the highly talented players at his disposal and a simple approach to the game.

“We have very high quality players,” he said. “We analyse the opponents and if there is space we try to use it. There are no more secrets other than that.

“It’s very simple: the players just pass the ball around and try to create an opportunity by doing so.”

On his side’s Club World Cup success, he added: “It was very difficult to come this far – we have to have won the Champions League first. This is the end of a long cycle so I’m very happy.”

Barcelona’s attentions will turn back domestic matters and continuing their bid to defend their La Liga crown after the winter break in January, with Guardiola’s men currently trailing Real Madrid by three points.

And despite their bulging trophy cabinet, Guardiola insists his side are always hungry for more.

He continued: “It would be a surprise for me if right now the team gave up. These guys have won 13 trophies from the last 16 because they want to keep going and move forward.

“They want to grow and develop and they are eager to perform well. The reason for our success is our players’ efforts – I owe everything to great players.”

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