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“DATING SINGER SHAKIRA CREATED TENSION BETWEEN GUARDIOLA AND I” – GERARD PIQUE

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Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola’s relationship with Gerard Pique shifted after he began dating Colombian singer Shakira, according to Pique.

Pique returned to Barcelona in 2008 after leaving Manchester United, and was a key member of the club that won three LaLiga titles and two Champions League trophies in the next four years under Guardiola.

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Pique, on the other hand, noted that by Guardiola’s final year on the Camp Nou bench, various things had taken their toll on the manager-player relationship.

“With him, we reached a point of tension, not only with me, but with the entire dressing room,” Pique told reporters.

“The competition with Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho wore us down a lot. Pep was keen on having full control over everything that was going on.

“When I began dating Shakira, our relationship changed. The relationship is now great. But I was under a lot of stress at the time. I felt pressured to perform flawlessly in training.

“That [2011-12] season was the one in which I seriously considered quitting Barca. I had a tough time with Guardiola his final season.”

Pique is still at Barcelona after witnessing the club’s climb to European champions and subsequent decline in recent years.

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