Why Guardiola does not communicate with his players, explains Benatia

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Why Guardiola does not communicate with his players, explains Benatia

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Juventus centre-back Mehdi Benatia has explained the reason why Pep Guardiola is aloof on a personal level with his players. While saying that he had learnt a lot from his former coach, Benatia said that current Juventus coach Max Allegri is a better communicator than Guardiola.

The story of Mehdi Benatia's relationship with Pep Guardiola was no different than most of the other players under the Catalan coach at Barcelona. After moving from AS Roma to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014, Benatia had to suffer due to the communication gap between him and Guardiola. The Morrocan was sidelined from the first team by Guardiola, which led to Benatia moving back to Serie A on loan with Juventus.  Speaking about the differences between current coach Max Allegri and Guardiola, Benatia said, “They want you to play, be aggressive, to have the ball," Benatia told La Gazzetta Dello Sport. 

"Temperamentally, they are different: Allegri is closer to the players, Guardiola does not communicate.”

But the centre-back revealed that the 44-year old's previous experiences with his players at Barcelona make it hard for him to communicate with his players.

"He explained why to me once: he was disappointed by his relationship with some players at Barcelona, so he told me, 'I just do my job – the coach's'."

Pep Guardiola's tantrums with his star players are well known as his differences with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his Barcelona days are revived every now and then with Ibrahimovic and his agent taking turns to criticise him in media. The Catalan also had differences with other players such as Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto which led to the trio leaving Camp Nou with Guardiola in charge. His recent frosty relationship with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart also led to the crowd-favourite shot stopper leaving on a loan to Serie A.

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