Rafa Márquez: “Guardiola and Luis Enrique are examples for me. My idea is to follow the path of each one of them”

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As a player he won four Spanish Leagues and two Champions Leagues at FC Barcelona. Rafa Márquez left being a historical and now he returned to start his stage as coach in charge of Barcelona Atléticthe subsidiary team that plays in the First RFEF or Second B of Spain.

At 43 years of age, the Kaiser of Michoacán begins this new journey on the bench. He wants to transfer his knowledge now as a coach and the Blaugrana institution offered him an unbeatable opportunity.

“I am happy with the reception from the people, from the institution, from the city, it is very affectionate and appreciated and that is when you realize that you did a great job and that the affection they show you is for that great work and effort, and Now that I’m back I feel very happy with the city and the club”declared in an interview for TUDN.

He is aware that he arrives at the subsidiary and as it is the prelude to the main team of FC Barcelona, ​​the directors are demanding with the sporting results. Therefore, beyond training, you must win and maintain an optimal level.

“First it is a great responsibility, the demands are to the maximum here there are no half measures you always have to do things well. Afterwards it is an illusion, a new stage of being a coach, starting in a club like Barcelona can teach me a lot and I think I need to take advantage of it and then look for something higher, ”he added.

The influence of Guardiola and Luis Enrique

Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique won trebles as FC Barcelona managers and were also club players at the time. Márquez, with his Blaugrana feeling, is reflected in them to achieve success as a coach.

“They are examples for me that they are in a privileged place that few can reach, but my idea is to follow the path of each one of them, obviously it will not be overnightbut I am aware of the great opportunity I have to continue learning and developing and being a different coach”, he stated.

In addition, he acknowledges having a healthy and cordial relationship with Xavi Hernández, who is the current coach of the first team. Player with whom he shared a dressing room and achieved several titles during his time as a player.

“Although it may not be the ducts, but we directly talk about it if there is a problem that can get stuck and even so the ducts that exist are very good, they are perfectly understood.we have a lot of flexibility and that helps in coexistence day by day”, he concluded.

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