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*Read E-pub µ The Barcelona Legacy: Guardiola, Mourinho and the Fight For Football's Soul Ä Manchester,Pep Guardiola and Jos Mourinho lead their teams out to face each other in the th Manchester derby They are first and second in the Premier League, but today only one man can come out on top It is merely the latest instalment in a rivalry that has contested titles, traded insults and crossed a continent, but which can be traced back to a friendship that began almostyears agoBarcelona, late nineties Johan Cruyff s Dream Team is disintegrating and the revolutionary manager has departed, but what will come next will transform the future of football Cruyff s style has changed the game, and given birth to a generation of thinkers men like Ronald Koeman, Luis Enrique, Laurent Blanc, Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal, and Cruyff s club captain Pep Guardiola and a young translator, Jos MourinhoThe Barcelona Legacy is a book in part about tactics, about how the theories that underpin the modern game were forged by Cruyff and his successors, but also about the people and personalities who gathered at the Camp Nou for what was effectively the greatest coaching seminar in history, about their friendships and rivalries and, in one case, an apocalyptic falling out that continues to shape the game today If you love football soccer and love analysis of modern tactics then read this phenomenal book Jonathan Wilson is a great story teller, as I found out in reading Inverting the Pyramid, and he does a lot of that to make his point in this book I would say Wilson is at the forefront of proper good football tactics analysis My only minor complaint is that there s a slight bias to attacking post Cruyffian tactics as opposed to counter attacking post Cruyffian tactics or really any counter attac If you love football soccer and love analysis of modern tactics then read this phenomenal book Jonathan Wilson is a great story teller, as I found out in reading Inverting the Pyramid, and he does a lot of that to make his point in this book I would say Wilson is at the forefront of proper good football tactics analysis My only minor complaint is that there s a slight bias to attacking post Cruyffian tactics as opposed to counter attacking post Cruyffian tactics or really any counter attacking football in general , but anyone is going to have a bias one way or another spoiler for the first 9 10s of the book Wilson is a gloating adoring fan of Guardiola and his style of play, with the exception of a jab here or there about But he didn t win the Champion s League at Bayern , but he so incredibly and concisely points out the weaknesses to Guardiola s interpretation implementation of Cruyff s philosophy in the last 10 pages Lastly, I ve never seen a description of Mourinho s faults that I veagreed with I enjoyed this, I find Jose Mourinho fascinating and Jonathan Wilson writes a solid interesting story here I think one of the most interesting aspects is the small world interconnected nature of the football managerial round about and that comes across very well here, at times reading almost like a soap opera Plus there s a podcast covering important matches discussed in the book and apparently you can never have too many football podcasts to listen to. Over time, I ve cooled in regards to Wilson, who has gone from writer with a different perspective to grating know it all If you can ignore his personality, this is actually a very good book, but there were too many eye rolls for it to be brilliant.Although it s called the Barcelona Legacy, really this is a book about four personalities Cruyff, Van Gaal, Mourinho and Guardiola Other football names are included, but this is a mini biography of them and their teams As a concept, this is a bit Over time, I ve cooled in regards to Wilson, who has gone from writer with a different perspective to grating know it all If you can ignore his personality, this is actually a very good book, but there were too many eye rolls for it to be brilliant.Although it s called the Barcelona Legacy, really this is a book about four personalities Cruyff, Van Gaal, Mourinho and Guardiola Other football names are included, but this is a mini biography of them and their teams As a concept, this is a bit iffy As a book, it worked quite well Wilson is both knowledgeable and balanced impartial would be the wrong word as he is fairly unfavourable, but not unreasonable in his criticisms.After a tortured family tree from Queen s Park to Barcelona, about as reliable as the lineage at the start of the Gospel, Wilson gives some background on Cruyff before discussing his time at Barcelona, and the remaining managers above who were all at the club in the late 90s If there was a unifying theme, it would be the extent to which Cruyff s influence lived on in the managers methods, as Wilson looked at how the managers acted and their relative success I did think this worked well, as Mourinho and Guardiola s careers are hardly obscure, and this prevented it from becoming a pure rehashing The discussions of training sessions were revealing but the parts about Van Gaal were newer to me andinteresting, and as Wilson had interviewed him his thoughts were personal, rather than inferred from press cuttings.I can only assume Wilson didn t want to bore the reader with the club politics as sometimes this was quite vague the machinations of power at Ajax went over my head as Cruyff manufactured a power base then lost it within a paragraph Unfortunately, Wilson wasn t so restrained when it came to trivia and auditions for Pseud s corner Did mentions of Milton and Dekker really add to the text At one point Wilson seems to criticise Mourinho for pointing out he has won medals under three different UEFA presidents to others this might be a curiosity , but later asserts that the KNVB were sticking to their trusted model resolutely because 3 out of 4 Dutch managers had played for Sparta Rotterdam in 1981 If it was that resolute, they d have made sure all of them fit the bill Clearly Wilson had loved this bit of trivia and had to invent a narrative in order to include it.There were also some bizarre footnotes quoting sources rather than simply putting as Xavi told Sid Lowe in a Guardian interview , say, and other witticisms such as Mourinho whose great uncle was an aristorat playing football with his neighbours or servants HA , and altogether these were really annoying Which is a shame, as he doesn t need to do it if the core book is good enough, as in this case in the book The Barcelona Legacy A fascinating read bringing the skills of the Scottish football international and newsagent R S McColl and Jose Mourinho together via the links of Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola The best football book I have read this year.