Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has hailed former manager Pep Guardiola as ‘on another level”.
The current Bayern Munich coach was instrumental in transforming Mascherano from a defensive, hard-tackling midfielder into an effective centre-back, where he has excelled for the Catalan giants recently.
Mascherano joined Barca from Liverpool in 2010 and went on to pick up the Liga title and the Champions League in his first season at the club under the guidance of the Spanish coach.
"I've rarely seen a group managed in the same way he pursued," he said in an article for canchallena.com.
"He reinvented me. I discovered a role I never thought I could play. As a coach, he is more than special, he is distinct, unforgettable. I'm conscious that, were it not for Guardiola, I would never have managed to play for Barca.
"I've had some very prestigious coaches. But Pep is on another level. He spreads his way of living football to you."