The comment was reportedly made by Paris Saint- Germain defender Dani Alves , who is currently promoting a documentary about his time at Barcelona playing under Guardiola .
Before Sunday ’s Premier League home match against Manchester United, a reporter asked Guardiola for his reaction at a press conference, prompting him to respond: “ I prefer the sex — by far .”
The question may owe something to a mistaken interpretation of something Alves said in ‘Take the Ball, Pass the Ball’, a documentary looking at Guardiola ’s time as Barcelona boss , which saw the Spanish club win the Champions League in both 2009 and 2011 .
Brazilian star Alves , referring to Barca’s late winner against Chelsea in the 2009 semi-final , said :
“It is because of moments like this that we all love football . The only thing that beats it is sex. ”
Alves is one of many players to have cited the City manager’ s coaching methods as inspirational, but Guardiola has played down such claims, making a passing reference to the struggles he had with former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they were at Barcelona .
“ I can see a huge list who are on the opposite side, ” said Guardiola , whose City team are both the reigning English
champions and the current Premier League leaders
“ There is a list where they love me a lot, like Dani. They have another side from Sweden and other places where they don’t like me too much.