13 Dec '11, 4am

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says 'common sense' is the secret behind his phenomenal success

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says 'common sense' is the secret behind his phenomenal success

Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola speaks at a news conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo Dec 12, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS YOKOHAMA, Japan (AFP) - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says a 'common sense' approach is a major factor behind his phenomenal success at the European champions, downplaying the role of tactics. The Spanish side romped to a 3-1 win away at Real Madrid at the weekend to leapfrog back to the top of La Liga, preventing their great rivals from establishing a potentially decisive lead at the top of the table. Switching their focus temporarily away from domestic challenges, Barcelona face Asian champions Al Sadd in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup on Thursday and are hot favourites to progress. Guardiola, who took the helm at the Catalan giants in 2008, said there was no great secret behind his sustained spell of success. 'There's nothing special about it re...

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