Pep Guardiola was spotted in Munich on Tuesday where he enjoyed lunch with Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß, and reportedly gave his approval on Bayern Munich’s next coach (expected to be the man Pep replaced at the Allianz Arena, Jupp Heynckes).
Two days later and the Manchester City boss has continued enjoying his time off during the international break with a trip to Italy’s capital Rome, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Pep was spotted in the centre of the historic city today.
Was Pep in town for talks with reported target Lorenzo Pellegrini? No, he wasn’t, but rather he was walking, shopping and generally relaxing with friends in the city.
Much of the Manchester City squad is currently away on international duty and this has given Guardiola some time to recharge his own batteries. The Catalan is known to put everything into his job, always thinking and working on tactics and strategies. And the results have truly started to show this season, with Pep’s Manchester City side looking like a well-oiled machine both domestically and in the Champions League to date.
Pep’s visit to Rome may also have induced some nostalgia. The legendary midfielder spent the 2001/02 season in Italy playing for Serie A club Brescia, replacing Andrea Pirlo in the deep-lying playmaker role in the same team as fellow legend Roberto Baggio. He then had a brief spell in the capital with Roma, making four appearances for the club before spending a couple of years in Qatar with Al-Ahli.