Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola joined a live chat on Twitch with former footballers Antonio Cassano, Daniele Adani and Christian Vieri to talk about his career and highlights to date.
The tactician spoke in particular about Lionel Messi and the strong impression that the forward made on him.
“He’s very strong, the strongest. Beyond his quality, it’s his mentality, his head,” Guardiola explained on Messi.
“In four years at Barcelona, we played a lot of games in training and he didn’t lose even one. If he had lost, he would’ve left.
“He has that competitive mentality that only four or five players in history have, they have something different.
“We all knew that Messi was the best, but then there were six or seven others who were strong and others who didn’t play because the others were so strong.”
Guardiola also spoke generally about his time at Camp Nou.
“They were competitive animals; I learned a lot from them. Every three days they wanted to win, they wanted to be better than their own teammates,” he recalled.
“I was lucky to have the best of all time, and seven or eight players from the academy at the correct age: 24, 25 or 26.”
He also spoke about two other players he worked with.
“[Sergio] Busquets is very intelligent, he understands everything. He doesn’t have much physical strength, but it’s his intelligence,” Guardiola said.
“If you survive 10 years at Barcelona, you have to be strong, if not they take your place.
“Javier Mascherano was one of the best central midfielders in the world.”
Guardiola also paid tribute to his inspiration, Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa.
“He’s unique, no one can imitate him. It’s his football, unique, untransferable, it’s joy, honesty, attacking, all defending; he’s a gift for football,” he said.
“He only does good things, honest. He never misleads. When he loses, he accepts defeat. He always wants to learn.”
The Catalan coach was crowned Premier League champion for the third time this season.