Henry Discloses Guardiola’s Tactics And Philosophy

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The legendary player of Arsenal and Barcelona Thierry Henry has explained Guardiola’s philosophy.

The 38-year-old, who remains Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, said: “How many times would we see a player come and ask for the ball [deep in central midfield]?”

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Henry, who was regularly played on the left flank by Guardiola, explained: “Not with Barcelona. Stay in your position, trust your team-mate on the ball, and wait for the ball. Look at where I am [hugging the left touchline]. That position allowed [Andres] Iniesta to get the ball [in central midfield] because I’m occupying the right-back.”

“Freedom, [in the] last third, run, you’re allowed to. You start in a high position, and wide, but after that, you can do whatever you want.
Basically from training to the game, up until the last third, he [Guardiola] used to call it the ‘three Ps’ – play, possession and position. And the most important one was position. You have to stay in your position, trust your team-mates and allow the ball to come to you,” Henry said.

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“In training, to make you understand that, especially for Xavi and Iniesta, he would put cones [down] and up until the last third, guys who were playing on the right were not allowed to cross over to the left were not allowed to cross over to the right, and on the left you were not allowed to cross over to the right. But the last third was freedom for us.”

The France international has also revealed one occasion where he defied Guardiola’s orders.

“He had a plan. If you don’t actually do what he’s asking you to do, you’re going to be in trouble” .

“Me being me I went there [to the right wing] to play with Leo [Messi] and I could hear him being upset because I wasn’t on the side of the dugout. I didn’t really care, you know.”

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“I scored a goal, 1-0 up against Sporting Lisbon at half-time, all nice and everything, and he took me off. I was like ‘what did I do wrong?’. Very similar to [Louis] Van Gaal, when Pep had a plan – respect his plan. He used to say to us the fist time he took the team, ‘my job is to take you up to the last third, your job is to finish it’.”

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