Man City manager Pep Guardiola sends Barca boss Ronald Koeman message

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has given his support to Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman as the Dutchman avoided sacking last month.

Before arriving in Manchester, Guardiola enjoyed productive spells with both Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

His time in Catalonia was particularly successful, winning three La Ligas, two Champions Leagues and two Copa Del Rays during his stint as coach of the team he spent the majority of his playing career at.

However, since his departure in 2012, Barca have struggled to reach the same heights and have been through three different managers in the last 18 months.

Their current coach, Ronald Koeman narrowly avoided the sack after his side finished third in La Liga and fell to PSG 5-2 in the last 16 of the Champions League

Still, Guardiola has urged Barcelona to be patient with Koeman, backing his old friend to succeed at the Camp Nou.

“I am a friend of his. The coaches are weakened when we do not win and strengthened when we win,” he said in an interview with Marca.

“I have been in three different clubs, but nothing is comparable to Barca or Madrid, where the repercussion is much greater, where everything is more difficult to control privately.

“This I have discussed with Ronald, we are exposed to this, if you do not want this, do not dedicate yourself, but he is strong and has a lot of experience.

“He is the ideal coach for next season.”

Guardiola enjoyed a successful campaign with City as his side stormed to another league title, while also retaining the EFL Cup.

However, his season ultimately ended in despair as the Citizens were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto last month courtesy of a Kai Havertz goal three minutes before halftime.