Guardiola hazy on long-term Barça future
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has set his sights on more silverware and vowed not to live off past glories after agreeing to extend his contract with the Catalan club earlier this week.
The new deal will take Guardiola through to the end of next season, and the 40-year-old - who won an unprecedented treble of UEFA Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey crowns in his first season - is as hungry for success as ever.
"I can see myself here for one more year... then, we'll see," he said. "What I want to do is get the best out of this team. Having reached the Copa del Rey final and doing so well in La Liga has shown me that there is no reason not to stay here for another year."
Guardiola will continue to demand the same high standards of himself and his team. He added on the club's official website: "I don't want to rest on my laurels. There is no place like this, but we have to keep winning."
Fielding questions about when he plans to leave the club, Guardiola explained: "When I feel I'm not needed, and don't have the passion and strength that I have now, that's when I'll feel enough is enough. Then I'd go. There are two ways of leaving. When you aren't winning and get sacked or when you leave naturally, knowing that the right time has come.
"Everything has to end at some point," he went on. "When you have been here for four years [which is how long he will have been in the post in June 2012], then you are nearer to the end than the start."
Guardiola's side face Arsenal next week in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter, and could do so without captain Carles Puyol. The 32-year-old centre-back has been out of action for three weeks due to a knee injury and Guardiola will not rush him back into action before he is ready.
"He's doing well, but if you ask him to make an extra effort, he'll get hurt again," he said. "He is improving, but he's not yet at that stage where he can keep going and tolerate too much effort. But he is heading in the right direction."