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Guardiola: Barcelona exit had nothing to do with Rosell

Pep Guardiola insists he did not leave Barcelona over a lack of support from former president Sandro Rosell.

Bayern Munich coach Guardiola makes the revelations in a new book, 'Herr Pep', written by Martí Perarnau and published by Córner, which hits the bookshops in Catalan and Spanish on 4 September, with translations into German and English planned.

"It isn't true that I left because [then president Sandro] Rosell didn't support me in rebuilding the squad. I was at my limit of exhaustion and I wasn't sure at all about what options I could offer the team. I didn't ask to rebuild the squad, because I was the one who had decided to leave."

Guardiola also claims "I hate tiki-taka", though later talks up Barca's possession game.

"Possession of the ball is only a tool with which to organise yourself and cause disorganisation in your opponent. If there isn't a sequence of 15 previous passes, a good transition between attack and defence is impossible. Impossible."

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