Samuel Eto'o last night unleashed a scathing attack on Pep Guardiola and questioned the courage of the former Barcelona boss.
The Chelsea star was speaking to beIN Sports when he was asked about his relationship with the current Bayern Munich manager when he was in charge at Camp Nou. Eto'o made it clear he was unimpressed with Guardiola's man-management skills and even questioned whether he had the courage to handle strong characters.
Guardiola's Barcelona side were considered the best in recent times and many even claimed the Lionel Messi-led team were the greatest ever. Eto'o was not a part of most the glories experienced under Guardiola, as he was sold to Inter Milan as part of the deal that took Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Catalonia and the Stamford Bridge summer signing revealed how he made it clear to Guardiola that he had much to prove when he took over, as well as criticising him as a player.
"You know the press and the TV. There are those who are favourites and those who are not. I was one of the latter," he said.
That was my role, but I had a very important role in the dressing room where I could say anything to anyone, looking them straight in the eye.
"I first of all reminded Guardiola that he'd never been a great player. He was a good player, that's true. I told him. As a coach, he had proven nothing. He came in and didn't even know the story of the dressing room.
"I talked to him and had a very good offer to go and play for six months in Uzbekistan where they would have given me 26 million dollars. In his office, he said to me: 'That could do you good, go for it.'
"I told him that Eto'o was the one who made him win and that he would come and ask for forgiveness. And I stayed. He never had the courage to say things to my face."
Eto'o opened the scoring in Chelsea's 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's side took a step closer towards to the Premier League title. It was under Mourinho at Inter that the Cameroon international experienced his best successes, winning a historic treble in 2009.
He also revealed that he rebuked advice that Guardiola gave to him regarding attacking play during their season together.
"I didn't want to speak to Guardiola until he had apologised. I spoke to him two times. Pep wanted to give me lessons on how to be a striker, but he was a midfielder," he added.
"Pep told me how to move like a striker. I told him: 'You're not normal!' The true story is that Pep didn't respect the things in football."
Eto'o's early judgements over the former Barcelona captain as a manager were not great, as he has gone one to lead Bayern Munich to an incredible Bundesliga campaign and are playing the best football in Europe. All this is after he stepped down as Barcelona boss two seasons ago after leading them to 14 trophies in just four years.
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